“Even though today there’s a lot of information about how therapy works, a slew of misconceptions and misunderstandings still persist, along with a palpable stigma in seeking therapy. Many people also hold erroneous beliefs about themselves and life in general. Below, seasoned clinicians clear up the most common myths about the therapy process and leading a fulfilling life.
1. Everyone has challenges.
Clinical psychologist Christina G. Hibbert, PsyD, wants readers to know that they’re not alone in their struggles. ‘We all have challenges. Even as I sit in my chair helping [a client], I have challenges too. It hurts me to see clients feeling like they’re the only ones on earth who ‘need therapy.’’
Therapist Joyce Marter, LCPC, agreed. She believes that our struggles are simply ‘part of the human condition…[E]verybody struggles with issues related to self-esteem, identity, navigating relationships, coping with various life traumas, managing stress or challenges in creating the life we want, personally and professionally.'”