Misconceptions about what therapy is or how it works can prevent people from seeking help for their mental health. Here are some of the most common myths about therapy that we’ve heard over the years:
1. Therapy is only for people who are "crazy"
Therapy is for anyone who is struggling with their mental health, no matter how mild or severe their symptoms may be. Therapy can help people to cope with a wide range of issues, like stressful life changes, relationship problems, identity crises, or struggling to understand what you feel.
2. Therapy is just a lot of talking
Therapy is more than just talking. Therapists use their knowledge about mental health and therapeutic approaches to speak to you in a certain way and guide your conversations in the service of helping you to better understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Therapy may involve practicing coping mechanisms or other exercises and activities to complete as homework outside of your sessions. If you’re seeking therapy to heal from trauma, your therapist will include body-based approaches such as grounding, resourcing, and somatic experiencing into your work together.
3. Therapy is a long and drawn-out process
The length of therapy depends on the individual and their needs. Some people may come to therapy with a self-contained matter they are hoping to address, such as adjusting to a new job, or making a decision about whether or not to move to a new city. Other people come in seeking longer-term therapy for more complex issues, such as changing how they relate to themselves and others, or understanding painful or confusing past events.
Challenge your preconceived notions about therapy by trying it for yourself. Make sure to find a therapist with a style that works for you, as there is no one-size-fits all approach. You may wish to consider asking friends, family, or your doctor for recommendations of therapists they trust. You can also research online for therapists in your area, and peruse therapist profiles and reviews. Schedule a free consultation with a few different therapists before making a final decision.
Therapy can be a great way to improve your mental health and well-being. Don’t hesitate to seek help — there is no shame in struggling with your mental health. Take the first step today and click the button below to schedule a free phone consultation. We welcome the opportunity to chat more with you about the support we can provide at Salt River Therapy.