There are loads of misconceptions in the air about therapy. Some lead to significant misunderstandings about what you can get from seeking counselling. Others may even have put you off getting help entirely.
We’re busting some of the biggest myths around therapy and helping you rethink what it means to get help by talking to a specialist.
- Therapy is only for serious mental illness: There are loads of misconceptions in the air about therapy. Some lead to significant misunderstandings about what you can get from seeking counselling.
- Therapy is a sign of weakness or failure: It takes courage to acknowledge when you need support and take steps to improve your well-being.
- Therapists make decisions for you: Therapists don’t make decisions for you; they guide you through self-discovery, help you develop coping skills, and support you in making your own choices.
- Therapy offers immediate solutions: Therapy is a process that takes time, effort, and commitment.
- Lack of confidentiality: Therapists are bound by confidentiality rules to keep shared information private. Exceptions apply only for situations involving danger to yourself or others.
- Therapy only talks about the past: While exploring past experiences can be part of therapy, many therapeutic approaches also focus on addressing current challenges, developing coping skills, and setting future goals.
- Therapists have all the answers: Therapists are trained professionals, but they don’t have all the answers. They work collaboratively with you to find solutions and insights that work for your unique situation.
- Therapy is just talking: Therapy involves various techniques such as cognitive-behavioural strategies, mindfulness, and skill-building exercises, not just talking.
- Therapists judge you: Good therapists provide a nonjudgmental and empathetic space. They’re there to support you, not to judge you.
- Therapy is Expensive: While therapy can have costs, there are often affordable options, such as community clinics, sliding scale fees, and insurance coverage.
- You can only see a therapist face-to-face: Online therapy is becoming more popular and effective with technology advancements, providing convenience and accessibility.
- You Need to Be in Crisis to Seek Help: You don’t need to be in a crisis to benefit from therapy. It’s valuable for personal growth, improving relationships, managing stress, and more.
- Therapists have all similar approaches: Therapists have different training and approaches. It’s important to find someone who aligns with your needs and preferences.
- Therapy is a one-size-fits-all Solution: Effective therapy is tailored to your individual needs. Different people require different approaches and strategies.
In addition to all that has been itemized above, Chisom Chiegboka provided a simple rejoinder to the conversation:
“People don’t realise therapy is the literal application of a problem shared is a problem solved. Therapists take on the burden of solving problems for you.”
If you are currently experiencing work-related challenges that might be related to your mental health, you can use this mental health guide to identify the signs and symptoms you are experiencing.