“Therapy is a wastage of money.”
“People who go to therapy are weaklings”
“Only people with a severe mental disorder need therapy.”
You too may have heard of this. Unfortunately, for years, we have lived in a world that has been judgemental about people seeking therapy. This belief has been so deeply inculcated amongst us, that mental health is often overlooked in comparison to physical health. That said, in recent years, the stigma surrounding mental health is significantly diminishing, leading to a transformative shift in societal attitudes. While people are finally learning to normalise therapy, there are a few who are still sceptical about it. As a psychotherapist with more than 30 years of experience, I truly believe every human needs therapy. It is about time we stopped seeing Counselling as a treatment and more like a way of living. It is time we start creating an environment where seeking help for mental health is seen as a positive and more importantly, a responsible choice.
We thus thought of doing our bit to break these stereotypes and attempt to enumerate the issues which are generally taken up in therapy. Issues both you and I confront in our day to day lives. Issues that need not indicate a severe mental health anomaly. Issues that may look simple, but might silently affect one’s quality of life. Issues, that CAN be addressed and treated with therapy.