If you’re afraid of going to therapy, you’re not alone. Yet, a crucial component for recovery from an addiction is accomplished through therapy and the therapeutic relationship. The following are reasons some people are afraid of going to a therapist and what you need to understand about therapy and help reduce your fears.
You’re in a rehab and today is the day you’re scheduled to meet the therapist who’s been assigned to you. You don’t want to go see him or her because you are vulnerable and afraid of being exposed. You think when you walk through the door that they’ll be able to see right through you. You don’t want to be judged. You’re afraid there’s something innately wrong with you. The therapist might give you a scary diagnosis. Because you’re gay, bisexual, transgender, or lesbian, you know they’re not going to get you. You’re afraid of falling apart. Lastly, you’re afraid the therapist will find out what a bad person you are. Does any of this sound familiar?
Therapist or psychotherapists, are people who are highly educated and trained to work with individuals, couples, families and groups to help them overcome a range of psychological and emotional issues. Therapists address the client’s thought processes, feelings and behaviour, to understand inner conflicts and develop strategies for dealing with and alleviating distress. Some people who become therapists do so because, at one time or another in their lives, they needed and received help themselves. They may have had the same fears as you!
You may already know what therapists do, but that still doesn’t alleviate your fear of going to see one. When you are afraid of therapy, it’s common to project your fears onto the therapist. To ease your stress about going to therapy, it might be helpful to think of your therapist as a person whose profession is to help people. You’re going to walk through the door and meet them. They are not going to judge you. They are not better than you, nor does that kind of thinking enter their minds.
Think of therapy as opening a new door for yourself and your life. The unknown can be scary, and the work on yourself challenging, but you deserve to heal and live a fulfilling sober life.
“When your back is to the wall and you are facing fear head on, the only way is forward and through it.”― Stephen Richards
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