Have you ever been in therapy? If so, what did you like about it? What did you dislike about it?
Psychotherapy isn’t as cut and dry as it may appear to some. You don’t just go in to an office and talk. You can do that with a friend. Psychotherapy includes the building of a professional relationship with boundaries and goals of the client to improve, learn, and grow. It is a relationship in which the therapist, trained for many years, listens and watches the client to psycho-analyze or evaluate need, barriers, and challenges. It is a limited relationship due to the power differential, knowledge obtained, and ethical as well as legal limits.
Sadly for some, it is not a friendship, a personal relationship, or a balanced relationship.
This article will discuss 12 misconceptions about therapy with the goal of encouraging you to think more realistically about the process.