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5 Reasons Why People Resist Going to Therapy

5 Reasons People Say No to Counseling

In certain instances, people may feel unsure about whether therapy can help them achieve their goals. In this blog feature, we'll look at six things that often prevent people from seeking help.

Why People Hesitate

It's not uncommon for people to resist the idea of therapy for one reason or another. Many times, this is due to fear, uncertainty and societal myths that paint therapy in a false light. It can also be the result of certain misguided viewpoints including:

They underestimate their problems. Many people view therapy as a last resort for people with especially serious emotional or psychological issues. While therapy does play a key role in helping people who have lost all hope, it's also a valuable tool for people who are just trying to cope with day-to-day issues. Therapy can also help people overcome small problems before they evolve into significant long-term issues. Whether you need help with relationship problems, childhood trauma or everyday stressors, therapy can help you develop effective strategies for moving forward.

They view it as a weakness. Some people feel weak for not being able to handle their issues on their own. In reality, seeking support is actually a sign of strength. Just as you would seek help from a doctor for a physical issue, you should also consider reaching out for support if you are suffering from emotional or mental difficulties. Working out issues in therapy can become an important skill that can promote confidence. In this way, you can become stronger and more empowered in your everyday life.

They think it will last indefinitely. Some people think once they begin therapy, it will last forever. The truth is the duration and frequency of therapy is always up to the patient. While the therapist will make recommendations based on the patient's goals and unique situation, it is the patient who ultimately decides. People can benefit from a wide array of treatment durations, from longer-term therapy to short- term consults and everything in between. You can explore the possibilities during your first session and work with your therapist to develop a plan of action that fits your life.

They worry about judgment. Some people worry about revealing their innermost feelings even to a qualified professional. One of the best things about therapy is that patients get to decide what and how much to share. It's also important to remember that therapists are not there to judge but to listen and offer a unique perspective that can only come from a neutral outside observer. As time goes by, you will begin to feel more comfortable talking about your thoughts, feelings and experiences. This will make it easier for the therapist to help you develop healthier perspectives and better coping strategies.

They don't want to face their feelings. It's perfectly understandable why someone would want to avoid uncomfortable feelings and painful emotions. It's much easier to ignore a problem or escape through addiction than to sit down and let our most intimate feelings out into the light. While this fear can inhibit many people from seeking help, it's important to remember that therapy is designed to enhance our satisfaction with our personal and professional lives. When we don't fully understand ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings, we tend to experience pain, anxiety and depression. Therapy can lead to self-awareness that allows us to transcend lingering issues and move forward in positive ways.

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