When you hear the word therapy, a lot of people naturally assume this is for people who are crazy or have a drug addiction; a lot of this is down to the nature of media and what people are told when a celebrity goes for ‘therapy’ as they are branded ‘crazy’.
The truth is, that people who lead completely normal lives will visit a therapist for very normal issues like coping with a busy day to day schedule that gets them down or for help when handling a stressful job that pushes their ability. Successful sports men and women will visit a therapist too, in order to help them focus during a match or to help them think more clearly in the lead up to a competition.
A common misconception about therapists is that because they do not know you personally, and have not been involved in your life then they cannot help. The concern is that they will jump to conclusions about your life but actually, they do the opposite.
The fact that you do not know your therapist is the exact reason they can help you; they will have no pre conceptions about you or your situation and therefore won’t judge. They are specialists who are trained to understand human emotions and behaviours and will provide you with a new perspective on life or a situation. They can help you to be honest with yourself and the people closest to you in order to help overcome any damaging behaviour.
Therapists don’t tell you what to do with your life; they just give you advice on how to make your circumstances more bearable. Their job is to help you understand your thoughts and help you to make the correct decisions in order to give you a clearer mind.
A lot of people are scared of therapy because they think they’ll be locked away until their problems are overcome – again thanks to the media – but this is again, not true. In fact, a lot of the time, many people don’t need to stay in therapy – unless they’re dangerous to themselves or others – and the time it takes to overcome their problems is not down to the therapist but you.
Only you as an individual can determine whether or not you require further therapy, some can take one hour, some a week and some a year. Many people use a therapist as part of their lifestyle to keep a clear mind and to solve any concerns that they have, particularly if the person finds it difficult to really open up to close friends and family.