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Many believe the only "crazy people need therapy" and end up waiting before they seek help, which only exacerbates the problem.
In reality, people go to therapy for various reasons like coping with disorders, relationships, stress, grief, to figure out who they are or just to learn to live life to the fullest.
Some think all therapists do is rehash common sense. But, common sense is wisdom that applies to everyone, while therapy gives insights unique to you.
Therapy gives you a place to focus only on yourself with the support of a trained expert who works to understand and guide you towards your goals.
Social support is important for everyone, especially when you’re super stressed. But therapy gives you access to highly trained professionals who’ve spent years learning and practicing to identify and treat issues of the mind and, unlike friends, will focus solely on you and, without judgment, keep your secrets.
Therapy prices range from free in some community clinics to almost-lawyer hourly rates in the nation’s top private practices. Also, some psychotherapists offer their clients a sliding fee based on their income.
People also should take into consideration what they stand to gain on their investment. Most people could save or earn more if they had their behavioral and emotional issues identified and addressed.
The personal experience of therapists with an issue is one way to understand it but not the only one. Training, clinical experience and the personal experience of the same emotions or conflicts in a different context can help them have that understanding.
Most therapists have the education, training and experience to understand and treat the problems clients bring to them, and if they don’t they refer them elsewhere.
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Most mental health professionals treat mental illness by combining psychotherapy and medication or by therapy alone. Many clients choose the latter when they don’t need medication or think of it as burdensome.
Untrained people can’t offer the same mental health benefits as a mental health professional could.
Your mental health is too big a responsibility to place on the people in your life. They will be there for you during hard times, but shouldn’t be a substitute for therapy.
A therapist should be someone you trust will keep your secrets, and hopefully someone whose company you enjoy, as finding a good fit is an important part of successful therapy.
There is a common misconception that going to therapy, you will lie down on a couch, staring at the ceiling, and talk while an emotionless professional sits near you and writes on a notepad.
Most therapists do have couches in their offices. But many people in therapy choose to sit and talk to their therapist, who often responds.
Some methods of psychotherapy and complex issues may take some time, but many interventions are shorter. Also, many choose to stay in therapy after the issue that brought them has been addressed to better understand themselves and their thoughts.
By framing therapy in terms of what we need rather than what we could benefit from, many people experience too much shame or embarrassment to try it.
Not everybody needs therapy. But ...
Ultimately, therapy is about growth and creating opportunities for positive change.
And in addition to improving traditional mental health struggles, therapy can also be a powerful and efficient way to make progress on personal goals or aspirations.