Misunderstandings and Realities About Mental Health Therapy

Everyone has their own conceptions about what therapy is, especially if they’ve never been to a therapy session before. The therapy sessions you’ve seen on TV and in the movies may not be realistic to what therapy is in real life. Before you get help through mental health therapy like what is available to you on an outpatient basis at Delray Center for Healing, it can be helpful to address some of the misconceptions that surround therapy. This way, you can feel more comfortable about what to expect during therapy sessions.

Some common misconceptions about mental health therapy include:

“Therapy is Going to Help me Fix Everything in Just a Few Sessions”

Therapy isn’t a cure-all pill that you just take once or twice to fix all your problems. Rather, it’s a process that involves being vulnerable and discovering how symptoms have unfolded over time. Furthermore, it’s a tool that can help you develop new and healthy coping mechanisms to use in order to manage symptoms of mental health issues. These coping methods aren’t something you’ll likely be able to implement overnight. Rather, they require practice and commitment. Therefore, therapy isn’t something that you do once or twice in order to solve all of your problems. But, it is something that can help you along the way to determine the things that you can do for yourself in order to instill a lasting positive influence on your life.

“I’ve Been to Therapy Before. It Doesn’t Work”

Many people have had experiences with therapy that haven’t been beneficial. So, they may have a preconceived negative misunderstanding about therapy. Therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to mental health treatment. And, not every therapist or type of therapy is the same. So, you shouldn’t just give up on therapy just because you’ve had an experience that led you to believe that therapy isn’t helpful. Rather, you should work to find the types of therapy that are best for you and the type of therapist who you feel most confident in working with to gain the best results. Don’t throw in the towel – do some work to find out about some of the types of therapy that may work best for your needs and the establishments that put their patient’s needs at the forefront of what they do.

“Therapy is Just Speaking with Someone About How I Feel”

To be fair, yes, some therapies involve one-on-one sessions with a therapist in which the main focus is to determine how you’re feeling. But, not every type of therapy is this way. And, not every session will be spent only talking about your emotions. Rather, this is just a part of talk therapy that helps you and your therapist dive into the emotions that lead to negative thought patterns and behaviors so that you can work together to determine healthy coping skills that you can utilize to better manage symptoms of mental health issues. While therapy can become a release you can use to unload your thoughts and feelings, the main focus of therapy is to allow you to gain helpful insight and practice skills that will help you manage negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors outside of therapy sessions.

Getting Started on Your Therapy Journey at Delray Center for Healing

If you are ready to overcome the misunderstandings you may have previously thought about therapy and try mental health therapy that is based on your individualized needs, Delray Center for Healing is here to help. We offer outpatient approaches to mental health treatment that involve various types of therapies. Our mental health treatment staff can help you determine the course of treatment that is right for your needs and goals for treatment outcomes. Find out more about our therapy services and the programs we offer at our facility in Delray Beach on our website.