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Psychotherapy Misconceptions

Psychotherapy Misconceptions

People do form conceptualizations of psychotherapy based on media portrayals.

While you may balance out fictionalized, sometimes-damaging depictions of professionals like physicians or teachers with your real-life experience with them, most people don’t have much or any experience with mental health professionals to balance out their fictionalized impressions.

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  • Have they answered your questions to your satisfaction about your diagnosis, their clinical experience, and what treatment could involve?
  • Do they convey professionalism?
  • Do they ask thoughtful questions?
  • How comfortable do you feel talking open...

You will share your intimate details but your therapist will not often reciprocate. He won’t often direct or evaluate your choices, as they won’t be dealing with their consequences.

More commonly, your therapist will ask you questions and reflect what you said to ...

Every therapist has their own particular therapeutic style, areas of clinical experience, and temperament.

Like any relationship, the therapeutic one is subject to personal compatibility. You may not ‘click’ with your first therapist, or during the very first appointment. It may r...

It will require you, and your therapist, to take a hard look at yourself. 

You and your therapist will work together to (1) develop more awareness on what causes the problem, (2) understand how your current patterns affect you, and (3) experiment with different ways of thi...

Some approaches take more time than others, but it is highly unlikely that lasting change for longstanding issues can be achieved in a few sessions of psychotherapy.

The first appointments are to determine if (and what kind of) therapy can be helpful. You will talk about what led you...

Misconceptions may make it hard for you to pinpoint the threshold for significant psychological distress in yourself or others. And can add hurdles to successfully initiating psychotherapy or being willing to stick with it.

Understanding what not to expect from the expe...

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