Therapy has had a negative connotation in our society. Over the past few years, and especially in 2018-2019, there has been such an influential breakdown of the barrier of the stereotypes surrounding mental health. While there has been an uprising of positive thoughts coming from social influencers and celebrities about the portrayal of mental health, there are still negative stereotypes that need to be addressed and corrected. At Kintsugi Health Mind Spa, we tend to focus on life coaching and psychiatry, but we are aware of how all of these stereotypes are still in effect when it comes to the type of therapy that we specialize in.
Counseling/Therapy is Only for Crazy People
“I don’t need help” or “I don’t have any problems that need therapy.” Many times, when the thought of counseling or therapy comes to mind, many people feel that something has to be wrong with them. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Virtually anyone can benefit from therapy, they are not limited to any type of stereotype. Pop culture and especially horror movies have done a terrible job at poking fun at mental health. Stigmatizations of fear and danger have often led to people thinking that they must be crazy if they are being told or decide to see a therapist. Not to say that mental health issues can’t lead to violence and destruction, but that is a very small percentage of the thousands of people who seek help everyday.
I Don’t Want To Be Diagnosed
While this can be a shock to many people, not every therapy or counseling session ends in some type of diagnosis. Mental health is on such a spectrum that there isn’t a “one size fits all” cure to many people’s issues. While therapy does have a medical aspect to it, it’s not the same as going to a doctor, receiving a diagnosis, and then receiving a pill to cure it. Yes, therapy can have certain diagnosis and medications but it is fully based off of what the client or patient wants. Sometimes there is no need for any type of diagnosis or medication. Mental health is so individualized that it can be completely personalized for any person.
Counseling/Therapy Methods are Scary
Once again, we have the Hollywood media to thank for this. Many of the old and strange rituals that come to mind when thinking about mental health have been dramatized by the media. Yes, there are versions of hypnosis and electroconvulsive therapy (aka brain stimulation therapy), however, those are not as commonly practiced and you won’t be subject to these unless you agree to them.
It’s So Judgy
This is another lie that could not be farther from the truth. Counselors and therapists are just like you and me. They are normal citizens that experience the same life problems that you do. They’re not stuck up or judgy individuals. Many people go into the profession because they want to help others who have struggled with similar problems as they had. Also, if this is a genuine fear of yours, finding a good therapist can be like test driving a car. You’ll want to do your research, ask friends for referrals, and read reviews if they’re available. While you may hit it off right away with the first therapist that you interact with, you might not and that is okay. It’s not a bad idea to test out a few different sessions and see who you click with the best. This is even in your best interest. If you are more comfortable with a person, the more you may be willing to share and the more you’ll be able to work through your problems. Don’t be afraid to be selfish in this matter, after all this time is strictly for you.
Seeking Help is Weak
Seeking help is not a weak thing. It’s a cliche thing to say but, knowing how to ask for help is one of the strongest things a person can do. It takes a lot of courage and self-inspection to go to see a therapist or counselor. You should also be aware that whoever you are seeing will not just tell you what to do. Mental health professionals are there to be an unbiased third party that are there to help guide you. If you are considering going to therapy or seeing a counselor, don’t hesitate. It may be a hard decision but it will ultimately be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.
Here at Kintsugi Health Mind Spa in Laguna Hills, we are here for you. We help treat stress, anxiety, and depression through the lens of life coaching and psychiatry. Contact us today, we look forward to being a part of your journey to happiness.