THERAPY. MENTAL HEALTH. PSYCHOLOGY. PSYCHOTHERAPY. Years ago, these terms had a negative connotation. This is no longer the case.
Nowadays, therapy means: SUPPORT. UNDERSTANDING. COMPASSION. EMPATHY. GUIDANCE. MEANING. PURPOSE.
However, there still seem to be a few myths (or like I say, misunderstandings) circling about therapy. Here are a few that should be understood and cleared up…
MYTH 1: “I’m not crazy or weak and I don’t need to be fixed.”
FACT: Your right you aren’t crazy and weak, and you don’t need to be fixed. Therapy provides support and help’s individuals navigate through life’s problems. It is quite common for people to seek therapy for everyday type strains and concerns, such as low self-esteem, stress, shame, worries, etc. Every person experiences struggles throughout life and seeking support to get through those times will only be beneficial.
“I thought I was broken and needed fixing. Not true! I was hurting and needed healing. A completely different concept.”-Unknown
Myth 2: “Therapy is just for me to talk and for a therapist to listen.”
FACT: Every therapist is different and conducts their sessions in their own way. Some psychologists prefer to take a more passive style, while others are quite active and more directive in the session. It is always important that you find the right fit. I recommend researching different psychologists and booking consultations with them to see if they are a good fit. The client-therapist fit is one of the most essential components in therapy. My approach is to be highly involved in the therapeutic process by asking questions, making connections, creating understanding, and basing my practice on the development of a strong client-therapist relationship.
Myth 3: “Why would I go see someone for them to tell me what I already know.”
FACT: Therapy provides a neutral objective viewpoint that helps to show different perspectives and angles for looking at an issue. Often times therapy can help you delve deeper into an issue and provide new insights into not only what the problem is, but also what is causing it and how to resolve it.
Myth 4: “Therapy is expensive.”
FACT: The truth is therapy is expensive but can be covered. Many insurance companies cover psychological services and provide a set amount of money per year for each member in the family. If you are seeking family therapy or couples therapy, the cost for a session can be divided between each member of the family who is participating so the benefits extend longer.
Myth 5: “I’m nervous and won’t be able to open up.”
FACT: Therapy can be intimidating and scary, especially in the first session. It is normal to feel some anxiety when trying something new and putting yourself in a vulnerable position. I always tell my clients, “it is normal to feel anxious at the beginning of the first therapy session, however, oftentimes after about 30 minutes you will feel much more comfortable and at ease.” Your therapist should help guide you through the process and ask questions to explore and get to know you. Once you feel comfortable the anxiety starts to release and you will be able to open up and become vulnerable. Again, this happens when you find a therapist who is a good fit for you.