Dispelling the Top 4 Myths About Talking to a Therapist
Therapy isn’t just for those who find themselves feeling down and distressed. While it helps someone dealing with depression or anxiety, therapy can be beneficial for anyone who feels they need a listening ear while they work through something going on in their lives. Talking to a professional can decrease stress levels and teach you how to think positively in the moment, and for the the long-haul.
So why don’t more people see a therapist? One common reason is not understanding what’s involved. To clear up the confusion, here are a few myths about seeing a therapist that aren’t actually true at all:
Myth: I have to be “crazy” to see a therapist.
Fact: No problem is too little – or too large – to talk about with a therapist. Therapy is for people who may be battling long-term mental illnesses, but is also beneficial to those who just need help coping through difficult life situations or want to develop ways to better communicate their feelings and improve relationships.
Myth: Talking to my friends is just as good as talking to a therapist.
Fact: Your best friend might feel like the greatest listener, but a therapist can give professional advice that’s completely clear of ulterior motives and is 100% devoted to you. Therapy is also totally confidential, whereas a friend may accidentally slip and pass on information you’d rather keep private.
Myth: I just need medication, not a therapist.
Fact: If you think you need drugs to improve your mental state, doctors agree, you also need therapy. Prescriptions and therapy sessions work hand-in-hand to give patients peace of mind. Therapy works to address the root of mental health issues, rather than treating every day symptoms.
Myth: I can’t share my personal business and talk honestly with someone I don’t know.
Fact: Therapists have years of schooling and excel at making you feel comfortable speaking openly to them. On your first visit, don’t be afraid to let your therapist know that you may need to start slow in order to delve into deep conversations. If you don’t feel a connection to your first therapist, there’s no shame in setting up an appointment with someone else – your comfort and ability to open up is the number one priority.
Whether you’re dealing with a mental illness or are just interested in seeing how a therapy visit can benefit your life, take the time this Mental Health Awareness Month to find a therapist near you. Want more tips that will benefit your mental health? Check out these blogs:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Behavioral Health Professionals Create Free Virtual Group Therapy Programs to Support Members’ Mental Health Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Table Talks: Managing Mental Health
- The Benefits of Group Therapy
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