Common Misconceptions About Therapy

    Anyone who needs therapy is weak or crazy.

    • “In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.” (Canadian Mental Health Association)
    • “In any given week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems.” (Centre for Addiction and Mental health)
    • “Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures.” (Canadian Mental Health Association)

    Talking to family members or friends is just as effective.

    • Having support from family and friends is very important in maintaining your well-being. What you receive from a therapist is an educated specialist who is trained in helping with complex problems. A trained therapist offers objectivity, observations based on their training and a confidential environment for you to discuss the issues.

    You should be able to get better on your own.

    • It is common for people to try to resolve their issue before attending therapy. A therapist can often support the strategies that were tried and offer additional suggestions.
    • Because mental health is a made up of a complex set of factors personality, biology, genetics and environment people cannot always ‘will’ themselves better.

    Therapy will take a long time.

    • Because everyone is different and the reasons why people come to therapy vary, there is not one prescribed amount of therapy, but research has shown that people can feel improvement after 1-2 sessions of therapy.

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