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9 Myths and Facts About Therapy
Fact: Some people believe that you must be diagnosed with a psychological disorder or be profoundly struggling in order to seek therapy. In fact, research has shown that most couples, for instance, wait about six years before getting help. Waiting only exacerbates problems and makes them that much harder to untangle and resolve.

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'Crazy People' And Therapy

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 ...

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Therapy And Reassurance

Most therapists are encouraging and emphatic, and some therapy models emphasize this warm support more than others. But not all therapy works this way, therapists also have to challenge and educ...

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Therapists And Money

There are many other areas of expertise that require less effort and are more financially rewarding than therapy. Therapists who thrive in this work deeply respect humanity and aren’t driven...

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Therapy As Common Sense

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 ...

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Friends As Therapists

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 id...

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Therapy Seems Expensive

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 slid...

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Personal Experiences

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 ...

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Therapy Goers Are Not Weak

Everyone needs help with some things and most people are not capable to deal with complex subjects on their own.

Seeking help for your problems means you’re taking action. Asking for ...

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Fixing Their Own Problems

Whatever the initial reason for becoming a therapist, the ultimate goal is helping clients. If a therapist isn’t able to make their client’s healing their top priority, they probably won’t e...

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Therapy Goers And Medication

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. 

Willing To Listen

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.

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Therapists Are Not Paid Friends

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.

Therapy Couch

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. 

Duration Of Therapy 

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.

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"Needing" therapy

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 ...

How therapy helps

  • Understanding how the way we tend to think about things affects our moods and emotions
  • Clarifying our values and strategizing about the most effective path toward them
  • Learning to communicate directly and assertively in relationships or the workplace
  • Building self-confidence in social situations
  • Acquiring more effective parenting skills and techniques
  • Working through complicated grief or loss

Therapy and growth

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.

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