As a psychologist, I have heard them all, but here are some of the most common misconceptions or reasons why people don't want to have therapy.
It’s a sign of weakness
Some people believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness. For some people they feel that way about asking for any kind of help, but particularly emotional help. Someone who struggles to ask for directions, is sure going to have a problem asking to help them with their personal issues!
But why it’s not.
Therapy is empowering, it is about you taking back control of your emotions and handling them. You are helping yourself in a way that only you can. That is something that should be celebrated.
It’s for crazy people
There is still a stigma around mental health that makes it seem like a huge thing. But I’ll let you into a little secret, none of us are perfect! We all have our little emotional demons and things that could benefit from treatment of some kind. There is an impression that only people with deep dark personal problems seek therapy, but that is simply not the case, it’s completely normal to seek help and support for a whole range of emotional issues, life choices and relationship dilemmas.
I only need therapy once
Whilst some people only need a few sessions, many people need more. It depends on each person and the conditions that surround them. Of course, it’s up to you how often you see a therapist and in your sessions, be sure to voice any concerns about your treatment length. Any intervention will be discussed with you and tailor made to address your specific needs.
“Some stranger isn’t going to tell me what to do!”
You’re not wrong, a stranger is not going to tell you what to do. That’s not our job. Our job is to help you find the answers yourself. You are in control of what you say and do, not your therapist. The beauty of therapy is that you take back control that you didn’t realise you had lost.
If you're feeling undecided about therapy being right for you, why don't you give me a call. No obligation, just to have a chat about your options.