7 Common Misconceptions About Therapy

Apr 17, 2024

Are you struggling with personal issues or feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges? Maybe you have thought about seeking help through therapy but have been held back by misconceptions about what therapy entails. 

Let’s debunk seven common myths about therapy that might be keeping you from accessing the support you deserve.

1. Psychotherapy is For Crazy People

Therapy and other forms of private counselling is for anyone dealing with emotional, mental, or relational difficulties, which is most of us. It is a proactive step towards self-improvement, personal growth, and overall well-being.

2. Private Counselling Takes Years to Complete

The duration of therapy varies based on individual needs and goals. Some issues may be resolved in a few private counselling sessions, while others require longer-term support. Your physiotherapist will work with you to create a personalised treatment plan.

3. Psychotherapists Do Not Actually Know What They Are Doing

Licensed psychotherapists undergo extensive training and education to provide effective therapy. They use evidence-based techniques and approaches tailored to each client’s unique circumstances.

4. Private Counselling is Very Expensive

While psychotherapy is an investment in your well-being, many therapists offer sliding scale fees or accept insurance to make it more accessible. The benefits of therapy often outweigh the cost in terms of improved mental health and quality of life.

5. Psychotherapists Will Prescribe Me Medications

Psychotherapists, unless they are also psychiatrists, do not prescribe medications. They focus on talk therapy, behavioural interventions, and holistic approaches to address mental health concerns.

6. I Will Feel Immediately Better After my Session

Psychotherapy is a process that takes time and effort. While you may experience relief or insights during sessions, long-lasting change often requires consistent attendance, practice of new skills, and commitment to personal growth.

7. Psychotherapy is A Passive Process

Private counselling is an active collaboration between you and your therapist. You play an essential role in setting goals, participating in sessions, and implementing strategies discussed in therapy to achieve positive outcomes.

Professional Psychotherapist in Toronto

Ariella Boehm is a highly experienced and compassionate psychotherapist dedicated to helping individuals overcome challenges, improve mental well-being, and lead fulfilling lives. With over two decades of expertise, Ariella offers a personalised approach to psychotherapy, addressing a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, and more.

Her therapeutic style integrates evidence-based practices, empathy, and a non-judgmental attitude to create a supportive and transformative therapeutic environment. If you are ready to take the first step towards positive change and well-being, reach out to Ariella Boehm today to schedule a consultation!

Ariella Boehm

I’ve been helping people lead more intentional lives for over 20 years. I began my career as an early childhood teacher. In 2012, I made the decision to channel the empathic skills that are needed to be a connected teacher, into becoming a compassionate psychotherapist.​