Common Barriers that Prevent People from Starting Therapy
Let’s face it, talking to a therapist might seem helpful in some ways, but for many people, there are also lots of pretty compelling factors standing in the way. Whether it’s navigating social stigma around going to therapy or wondering whether you can make it work financially, here are several common barriers that prevent people from starting therapy.
It’s embarrassing – I don’t want people to think I’m crazy
The stigma that surrounds receiving mental health support can contribute to fears about seeking therapy; however, studies show that the vast majority of people who go to therapy find it effective (Chamberlin, 2004). People seek counseling for all types of things, including coping with grief and loss, relationship issues, mental illness, and tough life transitions like breakups and employment changes.
People stay in therapy forever
The length of therapy differs from client to client, based on their needs and goals. Many widely-used and effective therapeutic approaches can be conducted in 12-15 weekly sessions. Some people decide that ongoing therapy is most helpful to them, while some seek therapy for just a few appointments. Clients work with their clinicians to talk about their needs and find the therapeutic approach that fits best.
I should get through this on my own
Though many of us would see the value in someone else getting help, we can be hardest on ourselves and may feel pressure to deal with life’s difficulties on our own. The truth is that tending to our own self-care is often the best thing we can do for both ourselves and our loved ones. A therapist’s purpose is not to solve a client’s problems but to offer space for clients to process their concerns and provide the tools to live a richer life.
It’s too expensive
The perceived cost of therapy stops many people from even considering it (Chamberlin, 2004). However, many providers including Clarity, offer options for people without insurance and those with financial strain. Clarity has several graduate student therapy interns who provide service on a sliding scale. To learn more about these options, give Clarity a call at (219) 595-0043.
Deciding to start therapy isn’t always easy, but don’t let misconceptions about the process stand in your way.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
– Jack Kornfield
Graduate Student Therapist Intern
Resource: Chamberlin, J. (2004). Survey says: More Americans are seeking mental health treatment. Monitor on Psychology. 35(7).
Retrieved from: https://www.apa.org/monitor/julaug04/survey