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Three Common Misconceptions About Therapy

By Jasmin Sanchez, M.S., LPC-Associate, NCC Supervised by Janice Moran, Ph.D., LPC-S

I have come across clients and other individuals outside of clinical practice that feared or fear therapy. When I inquire about their hesitation, they often have misconceptions on what they feel therapy is going to be like. These misconceptions stop these individuals from processing, growing, progressing, or starting therapy. Therapy is a place where you are in control and safe. The individual/stranger sitting across from you is there for you. They have been trained for years to sit with you and utilize strategies to help you in various ways. So here are some common misconceptions about therapy:

1. “Therapy is for people who have “real” problems.”

All problems are “real” problems. All individuals struggle with issues that may arise from changes/transitions which can be as small as starting a new semester at college, beginning a new job, ending a relationship, and/or grieving a loved one. But not one specific problem is worse than the other. We are human and whether the problem is “small,” “real,” or “major,” you deserve to process your issues in a safe, non-judgmental environment where you are accepted no matter what.

2. “I don’t want to go to therapy because then I MUST talk about my childhood trauma.”

This is not necessarily accurate. In therapy, we talk about what you want to talk about. Our job is to explore what you are struggling with. You also have choices in therapy. You can choose to say “no” to topics you are not ready to speak about with a therapist. For example: you can talk about how the stress of your dog’s health is taking a toll on you or you can talk about how distant your relationship with your friend feels. The choice is YOURS.

3. “Therapists have all the answers.”

This is far from the truth. We possess skills and training that help us help you! We do not have the answers, but we work with you to help you figure out your needs and address your mental health concerns. Therapy requires work outside of the sessions, and it involves honesty, vulnerability, and patience. You have the answers. Therapists help you walk the path to discovery.

Choosing to embark on a therapeutic journey can be scary, but also rewarding, exciting, and relieving. If you or someone you know is struggling to stay afloat, stressed with overwhelming emotions, or needing a safe space to explore who they are, please reach out to us at

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