Myths about therapy

Many people have preconceived ideas of what therapy is or may entail. Here are some of the ones we have come across:

The therapist will cure my emotional distress

Therapy is a collaborative experience between the therapist and client that requires commitment and devotion from both client and psychologist. Working with emotional distress is a shared task.

The psychologist reads the mind of others

Psychologists cannot read the minds of others; they listen to and observe the client’s perceptions and the emotional and behavioural patterns that contribute to the client’s distress.

Therapy is only for crazy people

Therapy can be helpful for everyone, from people who want to explore “everyday” issues to those who are struggling with severe enduring difficulties.

Therapists never say anything

Our psychologists are trained in different theoretical models, which promote different ways of being with the client. Most importantly the focus is on building a trusting and healing relationship between client and psychologist.

I can talk to my friends/family about my problems instead of a psychologist

Although people have empathic friends and family that they highly value, a psychologist is trained to listen, reflect, provide insight and at times positively challenge the client without having a personal agenda or emotional investment with the client.

Psychologists will blame my family/childhood for my problems

The aim of therapy is not to attribute blame. The psychologist encourages the client to understand their current circumstances which can involve making links with the past. This insight may help the client to make positive changes in their lives and identify and recognise patterns from the past.

Psychologists will change the person I am

Therapy is a collaborative process which allows the client and psychologist to work together on what brings the client to therapy. It is not the psychologist’s role to tell the client what to think or feel but to support the client to understand his or her own thoughts and feelings.
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