9 Things People In Therapy Want You To Know

I found this article informative, for one I would never tell anyone I was attending therapy and two, it’s none of their business.  I would imagine they’d be picturing me laying on a couch while a male/female psychologist was taking notes saying “ah-hum” repeatedly.  

Written by: Lindsay Holmes Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post

Therapy can be a loaded word. Misunderstandings about mental health mean this treatment, which has helped millions of people, is sometimes judged and stigmatized — and that can stand in the way of healing.

So here’s a PSA to the entire world: Therapy is not a bad thing.

Seeing a mental health professional is no different than seeing a specialist for any other illness. Research shows therapy is one of the best ways to treat mental health disorders. Period. And for those without a mental illness, it’s a great way to simply work through pressing life issues that may be causing some stress.

Therapists can give a person the tools they need to successfully manage their condition. It’s perfectly reasonable to go to a clinician for a physical illness. Shouldn’t the same expectation apply to a clinician for a mental illness?

The point, after all, is to be healthy. That includes taking care of the mind in therapy. In an effort to demystify the process, HuffPost rounded up 10 things everyone should know about therapy.

 You should never feel ashamed for being in therapy.

Everyone experiences bouts of stress or sadness. But when these feelings become too overwhelming, therapy can help a person take back control. There is absolutely no shame in seeking help.

Talking about your issues and problems out loud can be very helpful. It gives some perspective,” Gregory Dalack, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, previously told HuffPost.

“Talking with somebody who is trained to understand anxiety and depression can be even more helpful to help manage those symptoms, reframe some of the negative thoughts we tend to have and move us to a place [mentally] where we can cope with those difficulties,” he explained.

Even the people who seemingly “have it all together” sometimes need a little assistance. Public figures from Kerry Washington and Howie Mandel to Kate Middleton and Demi Lovato have all praised the benefits of going to therapy.

There’s still a huge stigma attached to it.

Not only is there sometimes a negative perception when it comes to therapy, the stereotype prevents people from even trying it in the first place. Research shows many people with depression don’t actively seek treatment to help manage their condition.

Let’s reiterate the first point: There’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help.

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4 thoughts on “9 Things People In Therapy Want You To Know

    • cherished79 says:

      Re: your article:
      This would have been terrifying, but to be on the positive side focus on how strong you are. The PTSD is horrible to deal with, and my only way was to seek an experienced trauma therapist. It’s taken years to talk about my past hurtful issues, so it’s not a fast process, but in order to heal it’s worth it. This may not be the path you wish to take, only you have to make that decision, but writing is cathartic so keep that up and your blog is the greatest way to express your emotions. Best to you, keep me up to date. 🙂


  1. Juni Desireé says:

    I’m actually going to the doctor in a few days to have my mental health assessed and to see if I need to go to a therapist. I’ve put it off for a while partly due to that stigma, even though I think therapy is such a good thing. It’s kind of scary to have people know. But I really do just want to talk to someone and get out of my own head. Thanks for this!


    • cherished79 says:

      You’re welcome. For me, therapy has been my saving grace, and with psychiatrists I get nowhere but a script shoved at me for more meds. Pdocs are not therapists. My advice for anyone, though, if you are dealing with PTSD for trauma please seek out an experienced Trauma Therapist. This is crucial, as my first therapy was a disaster and I suffered the consequences.

      Good luck, and only you can decide if you would like to enter therapy, it’s not for the faint at heart, but it’s worth it for healing. 🙂


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