Common misconceptions about therapy
While views about therapy have come a long way, there are still some myths about therapy and when to seek it. Many people refuse to seek help because of common misunderstanding. Here are a few common misconceptions about therapy:
1. Only "crazy" people need therapy.
The truth is you don't have to be "crazy" to participate in therapy. Most people in therapy are dealing with common stressors and are seeking ways to change thinking patterns, feelings, and behaviors that are not working well for them.
2. I've gone to therapy before, and it didn't work.
It's not uncommon for people to try one kind of therapy and assume that all therapy isn't effective if it doesn't suit their needs. In reality, there are many different types of therapy, and it may take some trial and error to find what works best for you.
3. People who talk to therapists are weak and incapable of solving their own problems.
It takes courage to reach out to someone to pursue changes. When we're unable to sort out our issues, it is wise, not weak, to seek assistance when needed.
4. I just want someone to tell me how to fix my problems.
Therapists are not meant to magically fix your problems. Instead, they will give you the tools and resources to guide and empower clients to find the answers themselves.
5. Therapy isn't confidential.
Confidentiality is the highest priority for a therapist. While there are circumstances in which things can't be kept private, but your therapist should review that with you from the beginning, so you know what to expect.
These are a few common misconceptions about therapy. Therapy can be a challenging process, but if you're thinking of seeing a therapist, it may be a good idea to email or pick up the phone to briefly speak with a therapist and get a feel for it. You may be surprised at how comfortable you feel from the initial conversation. From there, you can make a decision on how you'd like to proceed.
Ariana is a Student counselor with Transform & Renew. She works with tweens, teens and adults regarding a variety of issues. Check her out on our Clinicians profile. She is supervised by Aimee Rhodes, LPC-S.
Elizabeth Oldham is an LPC-S and co-founder of Transform & Renew, PLLC. She specializes in co-dependency, anxiety and OCD, depression and mood disorders.