“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” is the definition provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, in this fast-paced, innovative and competitive world, it has come to everyone’s attention that one out of four people in the world had a mental illness or neurological disorder at some part of their lives. It leads to more people seeking help through professional care like therapists.
Even though therapists have been a great aid to people with mental illness, they are still a shrouded subject, and there are still several myths that came about. Because of these myths, patients are then doubtful and holding back to consult or seek guidance from them even though they are professionals.
To put an end to these incorrect beliefs, here are some of the realities behind some myths.
The Beliefs And Realities
People become therapists because they have their issues to deal with.
There are instances where people have a misconception that therapists are people with a personal burden and want it resolved, so they chose a career that can help them with the said problem. It is true that therapists are human and they have issues and problems from time to time, but it should be taken to account the state ethics board, and licensing requirements work hand-in-hand to ensure these professionals are mentally fit and capable to work.
Therapists often want to talk about your childhood.
Sure, it is always helpful to know where the patient is coming from and to know if the cause of the problem stems from early childhood. However, therapists always work with the needs of the client. The flow of the conversation continuously varies depending on the needs, goals, and aims of the clients.
Having a therapist is expensive.
Most people hold back from consulting therapists because of the notion, “it is expensive to talk to one.” But there is a lot of options for people who want to seek help from these professionals. Ryan Howes, PhD, said, “Therapy prices range from free in some community clinics to almost-lawyer hourly rates in the nation’s top private practices.” Patients could have a free consultation in community clinics or hourly rates in hospitals.
There is no need for therapists when you can talk to your good friends.
Having someone giving moral support during difficult times is essential. Still, therapists provide a different kind of relationship to his/her patient. How? Therapists are highly professionals that can help you diagnose your condition accurately and give you treatment for the situation you have.
Besides, opening issues to friends can result in divided attention because friends will also have something to open up. With therapists, the whole session focuses on the patient alone. Jacqueline Baulch, PhD, wrote, “You can let go of the need to check-in with and take care of others. Your sessions give you time to focus solely on yourself.”
Therapists will shame you and blame you for your condition.
Some patients have this fear of getting blamed and invalidated when opening themselves to experts like a therapist. Initial thoughts like, “Am I the only one feeling this,” “Is this normal,” “Maybe I’m overreacting,” and the like arise. Having these thoughts are healthy, but you should also consider good therapists who prioritize patients, show compassion, and have the goal of leading the patient to emotional peace.
What Do Therapists Actually Do
Therapist’s primary job is to help clients to improve their lives, bring back mental health, diagnose the sickness, and provide the right treatment. Besides these primary jobs, listed below are some of the other services therapists offer for the patients:
- Listen and comfort their clients
- Analyze their client’s present issues
- Analyze how the client’s past affect his or her current condition
- Diagnose the mental health and help reduce the symptoms diagnosed
- Treat the state of the patient at their own pace
- Educate patients on how to improve their relationship with others and their relationship with themselves
These are just some of the things therapists do to help their patients get back to good shape. Also, these are some of the realities everybody needs to consider before believing in the myths surrounding therapists.
Mental health is a condition everyone should take seriously. If there is something wrong, something bothering, or something substantial a person is feeling, an action should be considered. Don’t be afraid to visit experts like therapists as they are willing to help clients and patients be aware of their condition. They are eager to listen and give comfort. Also, they are always ready to be the company someone needs in overcoming the issues their patients have. Ari Tuckman, PsyD, wrote that “a therapist is trained to understand these matters more deeply and therefore is able to offer more than just good advice.” Therapists will help you get back to a healthy mental state.