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.
People shy away from getting help with their emotional balance or mental wellbeing, yet the same people will visit the doctor for a physical problem, or a lawyer with a legal one.This ‘tragedy of ignorance’ as I call it, means that many people continue to struggle, and limit their opportunities, because of a few misconceptions.

See also

10 Reasons People Dont Seek Therapy

Being Afraid of Therapy is Based on 3 Things