99: psychology and mythology (3 of 4)
Do you go to the psychotherapy? No, because "your head is fine"? No, because "add-your-own-reason-here"? Well. You are not alone. The most popular myths about the psychotherapy, and, of course, what actually happens.
🤔 “Therapy lasts forever and costs loads of money”
🧠 It is popular to think that visits to the therapist take decades and that you need to almost get a loan to cover their costs. In this case perhaps you are relying on the movies a bit too much. American Journal of Psychiatry states that therapy of almost half of the people lasts 3-10 sessions, 10 percent have 20 session long therapy. Do they cost a lot? In Lithuania average price is 30 euros, but your family physician can assign you free sessions with counsellor in the clinic. In US session usually costs 100-150 dollars. Is it a lot compared to visit to the doctor? DO you get less benefit from it? Is it better to deal with your difficulties using unhealthy food, stimulants, additional vitamins and other supplements, out of office days - is really up to you to compare and decide.
🤔 “When I start therapy, it will only make things worse”
🧠 People tend to hide the fact that they are vulnerable (even though we all are!). Also people do not really know what to do with their feelings of pain, shame, anxiety and other difficulties - because publicly we are expected to be successful, focused and energetic. Everything that does not fir this "public face" we hide, as if putting another bandage on the open wound, then some more bandage, and then some. Unfortunately bandage does not heal - and difficulties that we push aside do not stop bothering us. True, therapy is not an easy activity, not a fun one, even if your therapy is focused on improvement. But all the wounds, physical and mental,, need to be opened first, to be cleaned and to start the healing. This is the only way to deal with them, even if taking off the bandages - or "bandanges" - is painful.
It is a long post, but hopefully useful, two more parts to come. Wishing you a fresh look at psychotherapy, with no judgement and plenty of curiosity 🙂
My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach. Book my talk to ask more!
Free extrapolation based on this: https://www.goodtherapy.org/therapy-myths-and-facts.html
Photo: Gordon Johnson from Pixabay
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