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Overcoming Obstacles to Therapy

Cost, Stigma, Denial, and More: How to Overcome Hurdles to Therapy and Counseling

Do you think therapy isn't for you?

I've counseled countless people over the years, and so many of those relationships start with resistance to therapy. Some people are concerned about cost. Others worry about the social stigma associated with treatment. Others deny that they need help in the first place, and the list goes on.

It might surprise you to learn that these feelings are all completely normal.

If you think you might benefit from therapy, but are having trouble getting over these obstacles, this article is for you. We'll talk about some of the most common hurdles that keep people from getting the help they need and how they can be overcome.

“I can't afford therapy.”

Money can be a massive obstacle to overcome when seeking therapy options. If you're concerned about the affordability of therapy, try these things:

  • If you have health insurance, give your provider a call . Health insurance is confusing, and you might be surprised to learn that you have more options than you realized.
  • Find a counselor who accepts patients on a sliding scale . Many therapists accept patients on a sliding scale based on their financial situation. You can search for them here .
  • Use free resources to find help . You can dial 211 to learn more about support groups and other options available where you live ( learn more here ). The National Alliance of Mental Illness also operates a helpline — their number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). They can't help in a crisis, but they can help you understand your options.
  • Many therapists have pro bono spots. As part of their obligation to help people in need, many therapists offer no-cost, bro bono sessions. It never hurts to ask about these.

“I don't need therapy.”

If you think you don't need therapy, it can be worthwhile to challenge that assumption.

Seeking therapy isn't a sign of weakness and it doesn't mean you've failed. Just read this account from one woman who realized how much she needed therapy , even after she turned her life around and found happiness.

Therapy is helpful in a crisis situation, and it can also help you understand and process all of your emotions when things are going well.

“I'm afraid of what people will think.”

Social stigma around mental illness is, sadly, alive and well. But, it's also not always as bad as you might assume. In fact, you probably have more friends and family members who see a therapist than you know.

If you're facing the negative consequences of social stigmas, it's important to remember that mental illness or struggle doesn't define who you are. Your therapist can even help you discover ways to cope with these fears, and you'll become stronger and more resilient in the process.

No matter what obstacles you're facing when it comes to seeking therapy, know that there are solutions. You just have to be willing to find them. And with the help of a therapist, you might even learn that these obstacles were more like hills than mountains.

Our caring therapists can help you effectively cope with life's challenges. Contact us today!