Many individuals are reluctant to try counseling because he/she/they may believe one or more of the "myths" surrounding therapy like:
That stuff doesn't work - False!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been supported by research to be very effective in managing many common mental health concerns like depression and anxiety.
Therapy is only for women - False!
Counseling can help both men and women become better parents, partners, employees or supervisors. Engaging in counseling is not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of health and maturity and can help you solve problems more quickly and efficiently. We know that it's often hard to ask for help.
I should be able to handle this on my own - False!
Coming to therapy isn't a sign of weakness. Often going through a major life change (marriage, divorce, birth, death, moving to a new place) can seem overwhelming. Therapy can help you to better cope with and adjust to these changes and help you build stronger relationships with those who are important to you.
Talking isn't going to change anything- False!
Sometimes just having a safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings can help clarify them and resolve conflicts. This can lead to changes in the way you think, feel and behave.
Only "crazy" people go to therapy - False!
Many individuals, not only those in crisis, can benefit from therapy. It can be used to treat "psychological conditions" but also to decrease unwanted behaviors or change interaction patterns that are negatively impacting every day relationships and functioning. Therapy can be beneficial to just about anyone who is under stress or going through a life transition.
I'll have to take medication - False!
Although some issues are best solved through a combination of medication and counseling, many of life's difficulties can be addressed in counseling without medication. Therapy focus on skills building and finding solutions to life's problems.
I can't afford to miss school or work - False! Through CBT many individuals show improvement in as few as 8 sessions. Throw out that old myth of coming to therapy 3 times per week for years! Counseling is an investment in your self and your happiness and the skills you learn can be used long after counseling is completed. You're worth it!
Therapy CAN help you to feel better.