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Therapy Myths De-Bunked by Sylvia Hanna, M.S.


Category: Adolescents Relationships and Families

Myth: Therapy is only for “crazy” people.

False. Therapy does not mean that you are “crazy.” Many people who may be struggling with a wide range of issues seek therapy. These issues can be as small as dealing with minor stressors to more complex and long-standing difficulties. In fact, some people even come to therapy just to learn more about themselves.

Myth: Going to therapy must mean that I am weak.

False. Taking the first step to seek help can be a challenging decision and one that actually requires a lot of courage. Choosing to get help shows strength, not weakness.

Myth: Someone I don’t know can’t help me.

False. While some people think that talking to a “stranger” may be intimidating at first, many people find it to be helpful. A therapist only knows about you what you choose to tell him or her, and unlike family and friends, your therapist can provide an unbiased, objective perspective.

Myth: My therapist can only help me if he/she has been through the same situation.

False. No two individuals are completely alike. One solution that works for one person’s problem may not be effective in helping another person in a similar situation. A therapist’s job is not to give you advice, but rather to help you come up with a solution that fits for you and your own personal situation.

Myth: Word might get out that I’m seeing a therapist.

False. Therapists are bound by confidentiality laws that state that they are not allowed to disclose your personal information without your written consent to do so. What you talk about in your sessions is private. In certain situations, there are a few exceptions to these confidentiality laws, but your therapist will discuss these exceptions with you in detail during your first appointment.

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