Common misconceptions about therapy

There are several assumptions we make about the process of therapy without knowing the truth about it.
Here are some common misconceptions that need to be busted to make mental health a priority in India!

“My problems are not so serious”

Mental health professionals wouldn’t dismiss any problem offhandedly. Seeking mental health help will ensure you have a safe space to be real, vulnerable and share whatever is bothering you. Besides, people also look to therapy to improve their overall well-being even when there is no ‘problem’ as such.

“Therapists will judge me if I open up to them”

Therapists are trained individuals, who have learned to keep a neutral stance and don’t bring their personal views and biases into their sessions with their clients.

“Therapy is too expensive”

There are several practitioners who offer low-cost/ pro-bono services. In addition, mental health ailments are as important as physical ailments. The longer it is left untreated, the more complex and serious it gets. A good therapist = A good investment.

“All therapists are the same”

Different therapists have different approaches (e.g., CBT, psychodynamic, etc.). There is a said process which is part of the treatment, where there is a discussion on the specific method that will suit that particular client. In addition, each therapist has their own personality and method of finding the right fit for your needs is key.

“I don’t want to take medication”

There are different kinds of practitioners and you can decide which option you want to start with. Not all mental health professionals are allowed to prescribe medicines. Should you decide to go to a psychiatrist or are referred to one, only then will medication be on the table, as only medically trained doctors are allowed to prescribe.

“Therapy will keep going on once I get started”

In some cases, you may benefit more from long-term therapy, but a good therapist should also be able to equip you with the skills to help you cope outside of the therapy setting. Dependency is not fostered in a healthy therapeutic setting.

Disclaimer : This is how an ideal therapy session should go. If these above are not the norm, then it is possible you are with a wrong therapist.
To read about some of the red flags in your therapist, check out our article on therapy