What about therapy?


Margarita Tartakovsky synthesized in an article good points about the myths of therapy described by psychologist Ryan Howes, Ph.D. They mentioned the myths and the facts for each one. Here are the nine facts about therapy:

  1. There are many reasons people see therapists, you don’t have to have a “serious” condition or even worse wait for things to be at its worst. They noted that in fact, research has shown that most couples, for instance, wait about six years before getting help. Waiting only exacerbates problems and makes them that much harder to untangle and resolve.
  2. Not all therapist are just “cheerleaders” they also challenge, educate, coach and guide individuals, families and couples.
  3. “Therapists who thrive in this work have a deep respect for humanity and aren’t driven by the almighty dollar.” As some may think it is all about the money. The reality is that clinicians would have picked a different career if they were looking for money.
  4. Therapy is not “common sense” as they pointed: “Common sense is wisdom that applies to everyone, but therapy gives insight, which is wisdom unique to you.”
  5. Friends should not replace therapy. Several points were mentioned in the article. First, they discussed therapists are specially educated and trained in emotions, behaviors, relationships, etc. Second, you go to therapy for you, not later switch to help the therapist. Third, you don’t have to censor yourself with the therapist, and finally it is confidential.
  6. Therapy is an investment, not money poorly spent (like the one most use to cover up other emotional needs). Also, therapy does not need to be expensive, most insurance cover it or you can find some centers that have client assistance (like we do at The Samaritan)
  7. The common belief that clinicians can only help if they have been through the same thing is untrue. Training and education make up for that. Also, the reality is that people seek understanding when saying that.
  8. Seeking therapy does not mean failure or being flawed. It actually takes great wisdom to know when we need help and strength to ask for it.
  9. Therapist are not in this field to fix something about themselves. It is a hard career and dealing with other people’s problems takes great commitment. No one would do it long term for personal gain.

To read the full article you can go to: http://psychcentral.com/lib/9-myths-and-facts-about-therapy/0009331

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