Why You Should Never Feel Ashamed About Going to Therapy

8 Reasons You Should Never Be Ashamed of Therapy

October 1-7, 2017 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and we're taking the opportunity to discuss why going to therapy is nothing to be ashamed of. Here are some good reasons why you should view your decision to attend therapy as a sign of strength instead of weakness.


  1. It's one of the bravest things you can do. It takes courage to realize we can't overcome a challenge by ourselves. By admitting you need help with a problem, you are no longer hiding behind excuses and denial. When we step out from the shadows and into the light, we are taking a bold step in the right direction.

  1. You already use certain forms of therapy. Whether it's exercise, reading, writing or talking to a friend, you probably already engage in specific activities aimed at improving your well-being. You may also be involved in destructive activities, such as using alcohol or drugs, which will only take you to deeper lows.

  1. You are not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five Americans experiences some type of mental illness in a given year. When you consider that this figure represents about 43.8 million people, it becomes clear that your difficulties are not uncommon.

  1. Therapy is a popular tool. About half of all American households include at least one person who has sought therapy to improve mental health, and this includes numerous celebrities who have been to therapy, such as Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Prince Harry.

  1. It's a health issue. We don't feel ashamed for seeing a doctor about our high blood pressure or bad knees. When you consider that part of your mental outlook has to do with structural or genetic issues that impact your brain, it's clear that mental health is as much a physical issue as a psychological one.

  1. It won't make you weak. Some people fear that therapy might worsen existing problems by forcing them to open old wounds or face difficult issues. In reality, most people are able to pace their progress, so they experience increasing strength and stability after every session.

  1. You have nothing to lose. If you think you could possibly benefit from therapy, but still have a few reservations, consider giving it a try. There's nothing wrong with scheduling one or two sessions to see how they make you feel. If it's not for you, at least you will know you took the plunge.

  1. No one has to know. If you are worried about facing judgments from certain people in your life, you don't have to tell them about your decision to try therapy. Professional therapists are required to keep everything you say confidential, except for serious situations that might put someone's life at risk. If you decide to see a therapist, it's really nobody's business. You can choose to talk about it or keep it to yourself.

Making a Courageous Choice

When we choose to value our well-being enough to seek help with a troubling issue, we are making a strong choice. If you've been considering therapy, don't let preconceived notions keep you from giving it a try. Remember, you have so much to gain and virtually nothing to lose.

Our caring therapists can help you conquer your personal challenges. Contact us today!