Doing Counselors The Right Way

4 Misconceptions About Psychotherapy Counselling: Debunked Do you know what’s really confusing? Therapy – and therapists – has been around for years. It’s a noble profession that not just anyone can go into. It’s similar to being a lawyer or a doctor. If you want the title – and the certificate that goes with it – you have to put in the effort. This is the reason why therapists will willingly spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of days studying just to earn their license. And yet curiously we continue to judge and mock those who attend therapy sessions. For years, people have developed misconceptions about therapy, some of which are truly outrageous. You wouldn’t call someone “weak” if they tell you they have a doctor’s appointment. If someone tells you they’re hiring a lawyer for a personal injury case, do you tell them they’re wasting their money? How is that different from counselling psychotherapy?
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Some of the more common (yet still outrageous) assumptions are listed below.
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You Are Wasting Money I have heard people laugh at friends taking therapy, telling them that it’s a waste of time and money. “Grab a beer, some friends, and meet us at the bar,” they’ll say, albeit jokingly. “It’s the same thing.” A counselling sessions is not the same as getting drunk and sobbing your frustrations to the bartender. If therapists are truly just glorified bartenders, ripping people off, why are there so many clinics popping up? We have No One Another infuriating misconception about people taking counselling psychotherapy is that they don’t have anyone to talk to. Patients are profiled as people who have no friends and aren’t close to their immediate family. This is a misconception – and it’s a big one. The assurance that the person you’re about to share your feelings with doesn’t know you personally is one of the reasons therapy is so efficient. We often don’t tell our friends the less desirable thoughts or emotions we’re experiencing for fear of turning them off. There are also others who would rather not burden their friends with their issues. We Are Emotionally/Mentally Weak The problem with this assumption is that it relies on a very primitive definition of “strength”. People assume that you need therapy because you can’t deal with your emotional or mental problems alone. In that, they are correct. Therapists guide people in untangling and decoding the confusing jumble of fears, unwanted truths, and feelings inside of them. Just because you need help, doesn’t make you weak. On the contrary, it takes a special kind of strength to realize that you need help sorting through what you’re feeling – and then actually go and seek it. We’re Paying Someone to Listen to Us Giving someone money and asking them to listen to you is not therapy. If it were that easy, everyone could becoming a therapist. What you’re paying for is time and expertise. You’re not just paying a doctor for him to write a prescription, right? It’s the same thing. People just think that’s all therapists do, but what sets them apart is that therapists know when to offer advice and when to simply listen. When you meet someone on their way to psychotherapy counselling, remember this; “Assumptions equal a loss of pride and the sting of defeat.”