Nowadays reaching out for help by seeking support from a therapist or counselor is, thankfully, not such a taboo subject as it had once been.
Yet there are still many myths floating around about therapy that keep people from experiencing it’s awesome benefits…
So on that note, let’s blow the lid off these myths and match them with facts!
Myth #1: Therapy is for crazy people.
FACT: Therapy is for anyone who has enough self-awareness to realize that the tools in their proverbial tool bag may have gone dull or are looking to pick up new tools and techniques in handling life stressors. Perhaps you haven’t found resolution to long-standing issues, a therapist will help you gain better insight and freedom from whatever may be standing in your way to leading a well-balanced life.
Myth#2: Therapy is for the weak.
FACT: The exact opposite is true, in fact asking and reaching out for help takes much more courage than passively suffering and remaining stuck in a pattern of living that you know is not working. Furthermore improvement in therapy comes from willingness to work hard by taking a good look at yourself, your life, and taking responsibility for your own actions.
Myth #3: Therapy is just like talking to a friend.
FACT: We all enjoy a great pow-wow with a close friend. We know they care and have our best interests at heart. The difference between your therapist and friend starts with the fact that therapists are highly trained professionals. They have spent years honing their ability to diagnose and treat behavioral, emotional, and cognitive issues. Also therapy is confidential and you don’t have to censor your thoughts in fear you may hurt or alienate your friend. Each session is about you and helping you find balance in a hectic world.
Myth #4: Therapy is all about my parents & my past.
FACT: Therapy is not about blaming your parents or dwelling on the past. While exploring family relationships can sometimes clarify thoughts and behaviors later in life, that is not the sole focus of therapy. The primary focus is to help you identify and change unhealthy patterns or behaviors in your life to help you on your journey to leading a fulfilling and happier life.