Get the facts about Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is not like talking to a friend. Although important, support from loved ones doesn’t offer the same benefits a professional with specialized education, training and experience does.
Psychologists can recognize behavior or thought patterns more objectively and advise better than those close to you. Plus, you can be completely honest with your psychologist on the certainty of their confidentiality.
SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:
People do form conceptualizations of psychotherapy based on media portrayals.
While you may balance out fictionalized, sometimes-damaging depictions of professionals like physicians or...
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 experience can help you approach treatment as an educated consumer with an open mind.
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 to seek care and about medical, social, and family history to help the therapist get to know you better.
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 ...
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 educate clients.
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 by money.
No particular form of therapy is proven to be better or more effective than others.
Different people prefer or respond to different forms of therapy.