7 things mental health experts wish everyone knew about therapy
- There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding therapy. But it's not for people who are "weak," nor does it have to continue indefinitely - and there are several different forms that it can take.
- You can do therapy online, or even do it over texting. No matter what type you choose, the most important part is finding the right therapist.
- Your therapist can't tell your boss or partner about the embarrassing things you say.
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Misconceptions about mental health and therapy prevent many people from talking to a professional. Although one in four Americans report seeing a counselor during their lifetime, according to a 2018 survey conducted by the Barna group, individuals who seek counseling are most likely to have family members who attend therapy. Those who haven't known anyone who goes to counseling are much less likely to receive treatment.
Individuals who don't have family members attending therapy may not understand the purpose of treatment. Or, they may be skeptical about the effectiveness of therapy.
Clearing up misunderstandings about therapy might encourage more people to talk to someone about their mindset. Here are seven things mental health experts wish everyone knew about therapy:
1. Therapy isn't for the weak minded
2. There are many different types of therapy
3. It's important to find the best therapist for you
4. Online therapy is an option
5. Therapy doesn't have to last a long time
6. You don't have to talk about things you don't want to address
7. The information you share is confidential
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