We often hear people say that instead of going to a therapist, they opt for other forms of therapy. They might say they are not comfortable or that they just don’t trust a stranger with their feelings. There are a lot of other reasons why people often think negatively about seeing a therapist, and we will be discussing them in this article.
The following are the top 10 reasons why people do not want to see a therapist:
We Want To Talk To Family And Friends.
You are supposed to talk to your friends and family for it can help you let out those feelings you have been bottling up for so long, but friends cannot use psychotherapy to cure your mental problem. A therapist uses methods that will help you reduce your symptoms and slowly eliminate your illness.
We Don’t Want To Pay For A Costly Therapy Session.
Therapy can indeed be quite costly for it is not yet covered in your insurance. But this can be your investment in yourself that will surely help you avoid more expenses on medicines and doctor’s appointments in the future.
…often labeled “disease-mongering,” is the deliberate exploitation of medical and psychiatric gray areas, with interested parties pushing to expand the “disorder” to fit the largest possible population because it suits them to represent the condition as graver, more extensive, and less recognized than we’ve hitherto known. — Christopher Lane Ph.D.
We Are “Too Busy.”
Therapies are not every day and won’t take up too much of your time. If you want to avoid more significant problems in the future, you must find a way to fit your therapy in your busy schedule. This will save you a lot of money and heartaches.
We Don’t Connect With Our Psychologist.
Each psychologist is different, and you might not have connected with your last one, but there are a lot more out there. If you don’t try again, then how will you know if you can connect to this therapist? There is nothing wrong with trying, and it would be nice to find the therapist you can work with finally, so your illness can be cured.
It’s not that you don’t believe the work can be helpful, but more so that the work itself is so painful that you don’t feel like you can make it through. You don’t think that you can withstand getting further in touch with your anger or hurt. — Jor-El Caraballo, LMHC
We Feel That Talking Can’t Help.
Talking can, not just help you with releasing your emotions, but it also enables you to build a strong relationship with a friend or a loved one. This can also happen to you and your therapist. If you talk to your therapist, you gradually form a bond that turns in to a great relationship. This makes permanent changes possible, and you will slowly go back to the way it was before you had your mental illness.
We Are Not Comfortable.
This is often the issue with patients and therapists, but you have to know that therapists are trained to make a person feel comfortable and not be judged because of what they’re going through. Try a therapist, and after a few sessions, you will see that you are becoming more comfortable with your therapist. If this is not what’s happening, then you can request to see another therapist. You can also tell your therapist about your concerns so he or she can do what they have to do to make you comfortable.
We Think That Therapists Judge Us.
Often, a therapist will listen to what you are feeling, what you are going through, and all the frustrations and other emotions you are feeling. That is normal for they are assessing you so they could figure out how they can genuinely help you. They don’t judge. They think of the best way to help you overcome your problems.
We Believe That Therapists Don’t Care.
Psychotherapy is a career that most people choose so they can help others that have mental health problems. These people are passionate about their studies and know that when they become professional, they will not get rich in an instant.
Sometimes people come into therapy consciously wanting to work on, say, depression, although they know there are other important issues at play, alcoholism for instance. If you are not yet ready to openly discuss the full gamut of reasons that you are struggling in your life, then therapy will not be as effective as it could be. — Samantha Rodman Ph.D.
We Like The Idea Of Taking Antidepressants.
First of all, not all medicines work for every individual. You will still need to get tested and be sure that you are taking the right dosage for your body. Second, there are side effects if you take antidepressants without any consultation. You can encounter more significant problems that are harder to solve if you are careless. Lastly, you cannot just buy it over the counter without a prescription, and you can only get a prescription through a therapist/psychiatrist that you need to see before anything else.
We Don’t Want To Be The Center Of Attention.
You must know that therapy sessions and any information you give to a clinic or hospital is confidential. There are laws regarding this that once broken, the medical professional’s license will be taken away. The years of their hard work will be gone in an instant so they would not do anything that will affect their profession.
All of these will help you decide if you should get treatment. Remember that therapies are there for you to get better and not worse, and you could have your friends and family there with you for support.