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.
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