A Quick Guide to Psychotherapy Counseling
Do you know what’s really confusing? Therapists have been performing their practice and setting up clinics for decades now. It’s a profession that is difficult and demanding, and it’s not suited for just anyone. It’s the same as being a doctor or a lawyer. If you want the title, you have to work for it. This is the reason why therapists will willingly spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of days studying just to earn their license.
And yet for some reason, their clients are belittled. For years, people have developed misconceptions about therapy, some of which are truly outrageous. If someone tells you they don’t feel well and are going to a doctor to get checked up, would you call them weak? If someone tells you they’re hiring a lawyer for a personal injury case, do you tell them they’re wasting their money?
Why is counselling psychotherapy any different?
Listed below are just some of the more common misconceptions about therapy.
We Are Wasting Our Cash
I’ve heard of people dissuading their friends from enrolling in counselling and using “it’s a waste of money,” as their top reason. “Why not just grab a beer and meet us at the bar?” They’ll say, laughing. “It’s the same thing.” A professional counselling session is not the same as getting so drunk, you’ll cry about your life to anyone who’ll listen. 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 just plain wrong.
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. Our fear of offending or creeping our friends out is the same thing that stops us from sharing the less attractive areas of our feelings. There are also other people who would rather keep their feelings to themselves instead of burdening their friends with their problems.
We Are Weak
The problem with this assumption is that it relies on a very primitive definition of “strength”. People believe that you turn to therapy or counselling when you can no longer handle your emotional and mental problems. In that, they are correct. Therapists help you deal with fears, emotions, experiences, and unwanted truths.
Just because you need help, doesn’t make you weak. In fact, it takes a special kind of strength to admit that you need help sorting through the muddle, and then actively seek out such help.
We’re Paying Someone to Listen to Us
Therapy is so much more than just throwing money at someone and asking them to listen to you. If it were that easy, everyone could becoming a therapist. You are paying for time and expertise. It’s no different than paying a doctor or a lawyer. It only seems that way because therapists know when to give guidance and when to shut up and listen.
When it comes to psychotherapy counselling, a good rule of thumb is this; “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”