When is the right time to see a psychologist? Only you can decide.
And with better access to accurate information and resources, this decision can be made a lot easier.
In this article, Dr. Mason breaks down 5 common myths about mental health and therapy. Myths that reinforce the stigma around mental health make it more difficult for individuals to seek treatment and invest in their mental well-being. Let’s destigmatize mental wellness together!
Myth 1: “If I seek therapy, it means something is wrong with me”
Just as we go to our primary care physicians for our annual checkups – so too does our psychological well-being need attention. As we move through life, situations happen, experiences are made and it doesn’t hurt to unload, unpack, and heal with the guidance of a licensed professional.
Remember, you do not have to go through it alone.
Myth 2: “I am nervous I will be diagnosed with a disorder”
One does not need to be diagnosed with a disorder to benefit from therapy.
For many, therapy serves as a safe space to sort through a myriad of life’s changes. This can be dealing with grief due to a death in the family, previous traumas, a breakup, career changes, or a medical condition.
Myth 3: “People will find out and that will tarnish my credibility”
Therapy is entirely confidential and what you discuss with your therapist is private to you. It is up to your own discretion to share, your personal commitment with those around you. Regardless of what you choose, working with a licensed medical professional should not in any way interfere with your professional livelihood.
Myth 4: “Once I start therapy, I will need to go forever”
Therapy is a personal choice and commitment. I always tell my clients, that therapy is a tool in your toolbox, not a crutch. You are in control of how often you want to schedule therapy sessions and to decide if it will work for you long-term.
This also applies to finding the right therapist for you. It is always advised to do your best research and seek the counsel of a therapist who you feel will be able to address your needs best.
Myth 5: “I’ve been to therapy before, and it just doesn’t work for me”
All therapy is not created equal. There are many different forms of therapy; CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), MBCT (mindfulness-based cognitive therapy), and psychotherapy just to name a few.
If you are considering therapy, but have had a negative experience in the past, don’t hesitate to seek out alternative therapy methods to suit your individual needs. For some, this could mean working with a trauma-focused therapist, or a licensed psychologist.
Message from Dr. Mason
“Therapy is a great way to work through your personal and specific needs with a dedicated professional who is equipped to listen, offer unbiased resources and support you in taking the necessary steps towards a healthier future.”