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Addressing Fear of Getting Therapy for Mental Health

  • Posted at Mar 21, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Addressing Fear of Getting Therapy for Mental Health

Many people who are struggling with mental health issues may keep from getting the professional help they need out of fear of therapy. The benefits of therapy for mental health issues are many, so it’s important for people who are struggling with mental health issues to address the fears they have about therapy. While having fears about getting help through therapy is something that’s not rare, there are things you can do to defeat them and get the help you deserve.

Why People May Have a Fear of Therapy

As stated, it’s not uncommon for people to have hesitations when it comes to getting help through therapy. This can stem from the overall stigma placed on therapy that leads people to believe that using therapy is for people who are “weak” or who can’t handle issues on their own. However, this stigma is untrue and the people who reach out for help through therapy and other methods of mental health treatment are incredibly brave and strong. Other issues people may have when it comes to getting help through therapy may be that they aren’t sure if they can open up with someone they don’t know. Or, that they don’t understand what to expect when it comes to therapy, so there may be fears of what may happen during therapy sessions.

No matter why you have reservations about therapy, it’s important to understand that stigmas surrounding therapy are untrue and that you can overcome these fears in order to get the professional help you need to manage symptoms of mental health issues.

The Advantages of Using Therapy for Mental Health Issues

There are a number of benefits to using therapy services to address issues with mental health. Some of the advantages of therapy include:

  • it can assist with pinpointing self-destructive thought patterns and behaviors
  • helping to develop coping skills to manage negative symptoms of mental health issues
  • assisting with the learning and implementing of healthy communication techniques to better manage relationships
  • allowing for a safe place to process and overcome the impacts of trauma
  • providing a safe and open space (group therapy) to practice newly learned coping skills
  • giving education about mental health issues to better understand why you are dealing with symptoms
  • providing an effective way to measure treatment success and set appropriate treatment goals

Why You Don’t Have to Fear Therapy

There are a number of reasons why you don’t have to fear therapy including:

  • the stigma that something’s wrong with you if you get therapy is untrue – it just means that you could just some help managing symptoms of mental health issues you’re facing in your life at the moment
  • therapy won’t turn you into someone you’re not – it will simply provide you with the opportunity to explore how you’re feeling and the goals you have for yourself
  • therapy sessions are guided by a licensed and educated professional who is obligated to keep your sessions confidential
  • you can always re-evaluate your therapist if they don’t feel like the right fit for you
  • you never have to say or do anything in therapy that you’re uncomfortable with if you don’t want to!

Getting Help Through Therapy Sessions at Yellowbrick

Are you finally ready to try out therapy for yourself? At Yellowbrick, we offer counseling for young adults who are struggling with the impacts of mental health issues and emerging adulthood. Find out more about how we can help by visiting our website and learning more about our programs and services.

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