May 15, 2024

Common Myths About Mental Health and Therapy

By Josh Wei
Mental Health & Wellbeing

As a therapist, I am always eager to support new clients as they adjust to the workings of therapy sessions. It is an exciting stage! However, as a veteran client myself, I am also aware of the hesitancy and nerves that come with entering a therapy room for the first time. Showing up to your first therapy session can be terrifying, and not knowing what to expect can add to the discomfort. There are a lot of myths about therapy out there that can cause more uncertainty. When clients express these feelings to me, I just let them know that it’s a sign that they’re off to a great start. Destigmatizing mental health and therapy is part of the therapy process! Let’s debunk a couple of these myths:

Myth 1: Therapists Should Give You Advice and Tell You What to Do

One of the common misconceptions about therapy is the belief that therapists are there to provide direct advice and tell clients how to act. It’s natural to seek guidance and solutions, but the role of a therapist is not to prescribe answers, but rather to facilitate exploration and insight. While therapists can give advice, therapists work alongside clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is a collaborative process! Rather than offering quick-fix solutions, therapists employ evidence-based techniques to help clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and develop coping strategies to navigate life’s challenges.

When I address similar beliefs in the therapy session, my goal is to empower clients to take an active role in their own healing journey. This isn’t to shift focus from the goals of the client, but I believe that clients have the ability to uncover their own abilities and resources to achieve the changes they want to see.

Myth 2: You Should Only Get Therapy When You Have Problems

Another myth surrounding mental health is the belief that therapy is only necessary when individuals are facing significant problems or crises. This idea minimizes both the preventative and proactive benefits of therapy in promoting mental well-being and personal growth. In reality, therapy is not solely reserved for times of crisis; it’s a valuable tool for enhancing self-awareness, building resilience, and investing in personal development. Just as we prioritize physical health through regular exercise and check-ups, taking care of our mental health through therapy can help prevent issues from escalating and improve overall quality of life.

By challenging the myth that therapy is only for problems, I encourage everyone to view therapy as an investment in their mental health and well-being. Whether it’s seeking support during challenging times or pursuing personal growth, therapy offers a supportive and safe space for all individuals regardless of the intensity of their situations.

If you have any questions of what therapy is like or are curious about trying out therapy, feel free to reach out. We can set up a first appointment and find the best approach for you!

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Josh Wei

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