Myths about therapy:
MYTH: I don’t need a therapist. I’m smart enough to solve my own problems.
FACT: We all have our blind spots. Intelligence has nothing to do with it. A good therapist doesn’t tell you what to do or how to live your life. He or she will give you an experienced outside perspective and help you gain insight into yourself so you can make better choices.
MYTH: Talking to someone can't help.
FACT: Being listened to, without being judged is a unique human experience necessary for healing. Good therapist can provide this safe space for us. They can also be a sounding board for working with our fears, anxieties. They can share with us new awareness skills, coping skills that are evidence based.
MYTH: Therapy is for crazy people.
FACT: Therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and want to learn tools and techniques to become more self-confident and emotionally balanced.
MYTH: All therapists want to talk about is my parents.
FACT: While exploring family relationships can sometimes clarify thoughts and behaviors later in life, that is not the sole focus of therapy. The primary focus is what you need to change—unhealthy patterns and symptoms in your life. Therapy is not about blaming your parents or dwelling on the past.
MYTH: Therapy is self-indulgent. It’s for whiners and complainers.
FACT: Therapy is hard work. Complaining won’t get you very far. Improvement in therapy comes from taking a hard look at yourself and your life, and taking responsibility for your own actions. Your therapist will help you, but ultimately, you’re the one who must do the work.