Myths about Therapy for Kids

Are you worried about how others will perceive you if your child attends therapy? Are you afraid once your child starts therapy they will need it forever? Believe it or not, receiving child therapy doesn’t mean you or your child are crazy. Stay with me here, and we’ll debunk other myths about therapy.

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Mythbusters

Educating the public is part of why we have this section on out website. It’s impossible to share everything about every possible situation regarding counseling, however, today we will dig into a few of the most common.

  1. Once you start, it’s forever. The only way this would be true is if you have an inadequate, just plain old bad therapist. An experienced therapist will have goals so you (or your child) can reach a final session. Therapy is a guide to help your child through specific events or stages of life. Once your child is equipped with the tools they need to successfully cope, it is up to them to open that toolkit and pull out what they need when they need it. Self-sufficiency is the goal – not dependency.
  2. Therapy doesn’t work. For someone who may have had a bad experience with the wrong therapist, this myth is understandable. However, that doesn’t make it true. When you do the research and find a therapist appropriate for your child’s needs and whom you are comfortable with, there will always be a level of accomplishment.
  3. Only crazy kids need therapy. A child therapist is very similar to a school teacher. A teacher receives training and a degree for a specific age group. They are considered experts in that field for those children. A child therapist receives training and a degree also for specific age groups, yet they take their education a step further to specialize in certain behaviors or mental health disorders. They are experts in the psychology and behaviors of children.

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Myths About Therapy

Views and opinions about counseling varies depending on your era and your the family dynamic.  Maybe you were taught to put on a game face and suck it up no matter what just happened. Or your family lived by the rule that nobody needs to know our business. Unfortunately, the stigma of therapy keeps people from becoming the best versions of themselves. Today we’re going to address two common myths about therapy and explain how counseling can help you.

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Myth #1 – Something is Wrong with Me if I Seek Therapy

You go to the doctor for check ups, right? Mental health is no different. When you go to the doctor, if you’re experiencing any kind of illness or ailment, you receive a prescription. That prescription could be medication, exercises, or other modality to help heal your physical body. Similarly, your mental health needs maintenance so you can function at your best possible level. Whether you have a temporary stressor that you need coping skills to navigate through, or something more serious that requires in-depth counseling services, seeking help does not mean you’re crazy or that something is wrong with you.

Myth #2 – I Don’t Need a Counselor, I Can Talk to My Friends

The myth about therapy being unnecessary as long as you have friends is untrue. Talking with a counselor is not the same as talking to your friends. A counselor’s training allows them to focus on the issues. They have set boundaries within conversation. From there they can help you develop strategies based on your needs and wants to accept or learn coping skills or remove yourself from the situation. In other words, they stay in their lane. Their job is to help you find a solution. There is certainly nothing wrong in talking with your friends, but more than likely, they can’t stay impartial to your situation and will offer advice that may not be the best option for you.

Have a Question?

If you have heard something about counseling that you want answered, fill out our contact form or call us at (256) 239-5662. We’ll let you know if it’s another one of the myths about therapy. Garrett Counseling has offices in Huntsville, Jacksonville and Boaz with available appointment. Call us at (256) 239-5662 and get your question answered or schedule an appointment today.