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  • Writer's pictureJana Arthur

Is Therapy for You? Debunking Common Therapy Myths.

A young woman talking to her therapist

Are you hesitant about starting therapy due  to misconceptions or myths surrounding the process? It’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to seeking help for your mental health. Let’s debunk some common therapy myths to help you make an informed decision about pursuing therapy: 

Therapy is not just for those with severe mental illness - it’s a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their well-being, cope with stress, or navigate life’s challenges. Therapists provide a safe and confidential space for exploration and growth, free from judgment or criticism.

Contrary to popular belief, therapy isn’t solely focused on discussing past traumas; it can address a wide range of issues, from current concerns to skill-building for a brighter future. Progress in therapy takes time and commitment - it’s a journey of self-discovery and personal growth that unfolds gradually.

Another common myth is that therapy is only for venting or talking about your problems; however, therapy offers a collaborative process of reflection, insight, and skill-building to help you make meaningful changes in your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. 

Some may believe that you have to lie on a couch and talk about  your feelings in therapy. In reality, therapy sessions can take many forms, from traditional talk therapy to more interactive approaches. You can sit in a chair, engage in activities, or even walk and talk during sessions. 

It’s also a misconception that once you start therapy, you’ll be in it forever. The duration of therapy varies based on individual needs and goals. Some people benefit from short-term therapy for specific issues, while others engage in longer-term therapy for ongoing support. 

Remember, seeking therapy is a courageous step towards prioritizing your mental health and well-being. It’s a sign of strength to recognize when you need support and take proactive steps towards positive change. Embrace the opportunity to work with a therapist who can empower you on your path to healing and self-improvement. 

Don’t let myths and misconceptions hold you back from accessing the support you deserve. Therapy is a valuable tool for personal growth, self-awareness, and building resilience in the face of life’s challenges.


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