One very common misconception about seeking therapy is that it is a bad thing. We are afraid that other people will judge us. Many people tend to believe that therapy is used as a last resort in extreme cases of mental health. However, that is quite the contrary. Here at Iris Therapy Services, we strongly believe that seeking therapy is courageous. It shows that you are not afraid to tackle problems head on, whatever they may be. It shows that you are not afraid to be vulnerable. Therapy can provide a safe space where you can explore and find yourself, identify problems and find solutions for them.
Many people believe that they are the “only person” they know who sees a therapist and are alone in this process. However, what most people don’t know is that in the United States there is an estimated 27% of adults (59 million people) who seek therapy treatment. There has also been a decrease in the belief of the stigma associated around therapy. A study done by the APA (American Psychological Association) found that this stigma has decreased by 50% in the general population. Many of us will struggle with a variety of problems through different phases in life. It is helpful when we become aware that seeking therapy can be widely accepted amongst us.
Sometimes, it is difficult to open up to your friends or family that you are talking with a therapist. You may feel anxious about how people may react to your treatment. However, you shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed about seeking help. It takes a very courageous person to understand that they are in need of guidance to help restructure their way of thinking and resolve conflict. No matter what problems you may have, big or small, call us today to schedule an initial consultation to find out how a therapist can help you during this phase of your life.