5 Common Therapy Myths: Busted
Let’s talk about therapy & the many myths surrounding it.
Over the last few years, I’ve had countless friends share with me that they are interested in seeking therapy but have held back due to some common harmful myths about therapy. I get it because I used to believe these myths myself, but through experience I’ve learned to debunk them all.
Myth #1 “Therapy is for other people, not for me. My struggles aren’t traumatic enough to warrant therapy.”
If you’re waiting for a permission slip that you’re allowed to want to go to therapy – here it is! Therapy is for anyone who wants it, not just for the most severe trauma imaginable.
Myth #2 “I’m strong & independent. Therapy is for people who are weak & unable to handle things on their own.”
Y’all this couldn’t be further from the truth. It takes strength to show up & embark on the self-discovery & transformation process that therapy entails. Spoiler alert: the therapist isn’t there to do your work for you – it’s still yours to do. A therapist is simply a guide that helps you as you steer your own ship. It takes courage & a self-starter mentality to benefit from therapy.
Myth #3 “If I go to therapy, that will confirm that something is really wrong with me.
Sending a big hug with this one because it hits home! I know for a lot of people, they don’t want to go to therapy because they don’t want to be labeled with some diagnosis. They may think, this label will confirm my suspicion that something is inherently wrong with me. Sometimes people interpret a diagnosis as meaning something about their identity as a whole. Here’s the thing: when you go to see a traditional therapist, the way our health care works in the US, you will be given a diagnosis purely for insurance purposes. If you want to be able to have it covered by insurance, your therapist needs to use a diagnosis in order to bill the insurance company. It says nothing about your worth as a person or your identity as a whole. Going in knowing that can be super empowering*.
(*Not every modality of therapy operates this way. For example, yoga therapy, which isn’t covered by insurance, does not ever diagnose. Also, I recognize that there can be some benefits to diagnosing in that it can inform the course of treatment etc. but for the purposes of this myth I’m just addressing the negative consequence a diagnosis can have on a person’s sense of identity.
Myth #4 “I tried therapy one time & it didn’t help me. It’s just not for me”.
Friends, would you go to one bad restaurant & decide never to go out to eat again? Of course not! Sometimes it takes some trial & error before you find your right fit. There’s so much beyond traditional talk therapy: art therapy, dance therapy, somatic therapy, yoga therapy & BEYOND! Be curious: what might be my best fit?!
Myth #5 “I don’t have time/money right now.”
Tough love time: your time & your money reflect your priorities. If therapy is a priority for you, you can make it work. What better time is there than now to embark on self-discovery? Why delay your transformation?
Have you experienced these myths? Is this clarifying for anyone? Comment below. I love hearing from you all.