Reed Counseling

Misconceptions About Counseling

Changing How We View Therapy

Therapy is more than a treatment, it is a relationship. It is one of the many ways we cope with and understand emotions, make positive changes, and deal with stress. Therapy is a collaborative effort of counselor & client. 

MythPeople who go to therapy are broken or something is wrong with them.

Truth: Therapy is a tool not a "fix".  Those seeking counseling desire a more satisfying life and well-being.

Myth: People who go to therapy are too weak to handle things on their own.

Truth: It takes a strong person to reach out for help. Seeking the support of a professional does not signify weakness. Just as a doctor supports our physical health, a mental health counselor supports our mental health.  

Myth: Only psychiatrists and psychologists are effective counselors. 

Truth: The Hollywood depiction of a patient on a couch in a psychiatrist's office is no longer accurate. The field of mental health has transformed over the years and can be confusing to those looking for help. A counselor is trained to do assessments, diagnose mental illnesses and mood disorders, utilize  psychotherapy and determine if a client needs a medication evaluation. Typically, these days, a psychiatrist's primary role is prescribing medication.  Psychologists are trained in administering various psychological tests, and may offer therapy. 

Myth: Therapy is only for people with mental illness.

Truth: Therapy is not exclusively for those with a mental health diagnosis. A great deal of people seek counseling for relationship issues, stress, and unbiased support with making life decisions. 

Myth: Only ‘crazy’ people go to therapy.

Truth: People choose therapy for many reasons.  For some it's due to life stressors, others might come for support regarding relationship issues. According to the American Psychological Association, more than half of American households have had someone seek mental health treatment. 

Myth: People who see therapists don’t have friends, family members or a significant other who are willing to listen.

Truth: Whether you have supportive family and friends or not, a therapist provides a different type of support. A therapist is unbiased and is trained to help a client see life from various perspectives, learn how to become more self-aware, teach specific coping skills and is there to support changes the client chooses to make.

Myth: People who go to therapy are on medication.

Truth: Many people who go to counseling are not on medication. The use of medication is based on need and the desire of the client. Often medication is temporary or is not necessary at all.