This month we are focusing on therapy, what is it and do we need it? There are many myths and misconceptions about therapy, so we thought we would choose five that come up regularly and discuss them.
1. Those who need therapy are weak
Rather than being weak, understanding the need for therapy is being remarkably self-aware. Being able to recognise that you are in need of help shows strength, and communicating that is courage. Therapy equips you with tools and skills that enables a person to reach their full potential, while navigating life’s difficulties. No one is exempt from the possibility of feeling as though they might need therapy, and none of us are weak.
2. The same therapy will work for everyone
There are many different types of therapy, and each different type will affect each of us differently. Like any career, professionals specialize in particular areas and therefore some might be more suited to deal with particular people than others. Not only this, but due to the sensitive and personal nature of therapy, it might be that we feel more comfortable with certain types of people, and their individual styles. Some therapies will work incredibly well for some, and not so well for others. The key is finding something that works well for you.
3. You don’t need therapy if you have a strong support system
There is very little more valuable than a strong support system when it comes to tackling the stressors of everyday life, but it is not a substitute for therapy if it is needed. Truthfully, while having good friends and family is brilliant, relying solely on them is not a long-term solution. They are not professionally trained to help and it can be difficult for them to take on these emotions in addition to their own. A strong support network and therapy can work together to help a person live a fulfilling life.
4. Therapy will make you feel better immediately
There are very few quick fixes in life, and therapy is included in this. Preparing to invest time in therapy, and therefore your mental health, is an incredibly valuable thing to do. The process of coming to understand our thoughts and feelings takes time. Often there is a lot to work through in order to uncover solutions to our problems that we may not have initially been aware of.
5. You have to stay in therapy forever
Similarly, you don’t have to spend an eternity in therapy! Therapists’ methods are often solution-focused in order to help their patients live happy and fulfilling lives without their help. While some people do find themselves in therapy for the long-term, many do not and therefore this should not be off-putting for anyone considering it. A good therapist will be honest with their patient and ensure that they take time by themselves when they believe they are ready.
In conclusion, there are many misconceptions about therapy, how it is done and its benefits. If you are considering therapy, it is important to do your research, find a practitioner that works for you and be optimistic about the experience. If you’re a WorkLife community member, you are able to try Thrive’s in-app therapy, just log into your WorkLife platform to find out more.