For many people, therapy has become stigmatized and polarized. You’re either crazy or something terribly traumatic has happened to you. But what about everyone else in between? You don’t have to have experienced something traumatic or have a mental illness to seek out and benefit from therapy. In fact, many people would be totally surprised to realize just how beneficial 6 months of therapy or counseling can be for them. The floor is opening up and people are addressing the fact that therapy is helpful for all ages and genders. However, despite this, there are still some seriously harmful myths floating around.
1. Therapy is for Crazy People
A therapist or counselor can provide and open up a whole new world of support and self discovery. The idea that therapy is for crazy people is a total farce and has been perpetuated throughout the media for years. Yes, therapist can help those suffering from psychological illnesses. But the reality is that they also help generally healthy and functional individuals. Many people choose to puruse therapy because they want to know themselves better, want to feel better, trying to improve a situation, or just want to make sense of their lives up until this point.
2. Therapy is About Being Analyzed
“And how does that make you feel?” is usually a phrase associated with therapy. This phrase often makes people feel analyzed, which is one of the (many) reasons why people are afraid to seek out therapy. In actuality, therapy is a team effort between you and your therapist. The whole being “psychologically disected” trope is just simply not true. Therapy focuses on gaining self-knoweldge and creating respectful and healthy dialogue between client and therapist.
3. Therapy Keeps You Stuck in the Past
While it’s not totally uncommon to discuss past events to connect them to current behaviors, the purpose of therapy is not to keep you stuck in the past but to help you move on and feel good about it. Therapy is a dynamic process that involves an understanding of past to better understand present day challenges.
4. Therapy Takes Forever
The length of time therapy takes is completly up to you and your therapist. For some people, all they need is 1 session that allows them the space to openly discuss an issue to gain perspective and that’s it. For others, it may be longer. The idea that therapy requires 5 sessions a week for a life time is simply false.
5. Therapy is Expensive
Many therapists take insurance, work on a sliding scale, and offer discounted group therapy sessions in lieu of private individual sessions. If they don’t accept your insurance, they’re likely to refer you to another office that does. What many people don’t realize is that therapy is an investment in yourself and you are your greatest investment and therapy is the asset that will pay out in dividends for many years.
If you’re curious about counseling, there’s no better time to reach out than now. Give us a call today to schedule your first appointment. You might love it, you might hate it but the point is, you tried it.