Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Myths About Therapy

Based on interviews she has conducted with mental health providers around the U.S., Margarita Tartakovsky (World of Psychology) recently shared some of the responses she received to her question about the biggest myths about therapy. She reminds us that these misconceptions are fairly common and serve to discourage people from seeking professional help.

The myths on her list are ones we hear regularly at the Clinic from individuals seeking counseling for the first time. Examples include:
  • Therapy is only for people who are in crisis.
  • Going to therapy means there's something wrong with you.
  • The therapist is going to fix you.
Hearing such myths reminds us that we need to do a better job of informing the public about what therapy involves and correcting the many misconceptions about it. Accurate information is out there, but it is not always easy to find. It is not surprising that many people form their opinions of therapy based on what they see on television and in the movies. Unfortunately, many of these portrayals are inaccurate. 

At the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic, we find that our clients often report being pleasantly surprised that the experience of counseling is very different from what they imagined. By giving themselves the opportunity to test their ideas about counseling, they often remark that they wish they had done so sooner.