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  • Writer's pictureAlexander James

Debunking Common Misconceptions About Therapy

Talking therapy is one of the most common types of therapeutic intervention and is an effective way of treating a range of mental health conditions, from anxiety to PTSD and depression. It has also been used to treat a range of panic disorders, phobias and sleep issues, and due to the versatility of seeing an online therapist, has been used to help people to develop effective coping and management skills. However, whilst it is an effective treatment used by millions of people, there are still several common misconceptions out there that are important to debunk to ensure that people who would benefit from therapy get it. Here are some common misconceptions and the truth behind them. Not Every Therapist and Therapy Technique Is The Same One common misconception is to treat therapy as a single universal treatment rather than as a very broad group of different techniques with the goal of helping people. This means that one early part of the therapy process is to find a therapist and technique that is the right fit for your needs and desired outcomes. Most therapists practice cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) because of its efficacy, but there are plenty of other therapies out there, some of which are a better fit for particular people than CBT. As well as this, CBT can be practised in different ways so different therapists may take their own approach. Therapists Are Not Just There To Give Advice One misconception, partially caused by media representation is that a therapist is more of a guide to help a person realise what they should do next on their own terms rather than an instructor. This can depend on the type of therapy, with some having homework and more overt suggestion, but for the most part, direct advice is not always part of the therapy process.

It Is Normal To Feel Awkward If someone feels uncomfortable opening up to a therapist, that is a completely normal part of the process.

Feeling vulnerable, especially in front of a stranger can feel awkward, and the first few sessions are about getting comfortable with the process.

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