Therapy misconceptions keep people away from getting help with their emotional balance or mental wellbeing. This leads to wasted opportunities as they can continue to suffer with problems which ca=n be easily resolved by the right approach.
It is sad that many people are threatened by the idea of seeing a therapist. This is partly the fault of therapists themselves, who do nothing to counter the popular misconceptions and stereotypes about therapy.
Common therapy misconceptions are:
- Is crazy, weak or incapable
- Is unable to manage their own life
- Will be analysed, judged and/or criticised
- Will have to make weekly visits for months
- Will have to discuss their feelings and private thoughts.
I’ve been a therapist for many years and my experience is that people who I see as clients are:
- Clear and capable people who want help solving a problem
- In need of a solution with some troublesome aspect of their life
- Happy to have one or two conversations about how they can get their life on track
- Able to do something for themselves with a little guidance.