Common Concerns About Therapy

I should be “strong enough” to handle this on my own.

There’s nothing “weak” about responsibly seeking support. A wise person knows when to use their resources. If your leg was broken, you would probably go to the doctor. If you tried to handle it on your own, not only would it likely not heal correctly, it would take longer, and you would suffer through a lot of avoidable pain.

Professional therapy is much the same. A trained therapist knows what the process of healing looks like and can help guide you safely through it, ultimately promoting healing and avoiding continued pain.

My problem isn’t really that big of a deal.

Lots of people downplay their concerns. They might think it’s self-centered to ask for help or that the therapist won’t think their problems warrant therapy. Neither of these are true. If it’s on your mind, it’s worth talking about. There’s usually a lot packed into those “small problems” that a therapist can help you with.

If you’ve ever wondered, “Should go I to therapy for this?” that’s a good indicator that there is something worth working on.

I’ve tried therapy before, it didn’t work out.

This is understandably a concern for many people. Personality differences, problem specifics, or environment can all lead to a therapist-client relationship that isn’t a good match. When a client ends counseling without getting what they hoped for, it can be frustrating and disheartening, but it doesn’t mean therapy won’t work for you.

When past therapy hasn’t worked and your problems remain, know that all therapy experiences aren’t the same. A therapist who is a better match for your situation, goals, and personality may help you have an more effective therapy experience. If you are considering Quietude Counseling, please contact us for a phone consultation. You may ask any questions you need to make an informed choice. If we are unable to help you, we may be able to make other recommendations. We want everyone to have a successful therapy experience.

All happiness depends on courage and work.

Honoré de Balzac
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