Barriers to Therapy
Psychotherapy is defined as “Treating, by means of psychotherapy technique, delivered through a therapeutic relationship, an individual’s serious disorder of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgement, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning”.
“The practice of psychotherapy is distinct from both counselling, where the focus is on the provision of information, advice-giving, encouragement and instruction, and spiritual counselling, which is counselling related to religion or faith-based beliefs.” HPRAC: New Directions, 2006; Chapter 7, Regulation of Psychotherapy, p. 208.
Barriers to seeking Counseling & Psychotherapy
1. It’s too expensive
Every hour spent working on improving your emotional and mental health is an investment in YOU. Additionally, I offer sliding scale adjustments to my fee to suit your current financial situation.
2. It’s time consuming
Yes, change requires time. Patterns of behaviour and thought that have developed over many years can not be “fixed” quickly. Research shows that real change is acquired through consistent and continuous effort, supported by empathic and non-judgmental care.
3. My problems are too many/I’m too messed up
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. When you begin the process of psychotherapy, you could begin to experience your problems as more manageable and yourself as less complex than you feared.
4. Psychotherapy is for the weak/mentally ill
Looking at oneself in the presence of another requires courage. As we uncover our vulnerabilities, we discover our strengths. We are all weak and strong – at different times and in different areas of our lives.
5. I don’t need therapy – I’m just fine
Therapy can be a growth-facilitating experience. Who ever you may be today, there will always be space available for you to grow.
6. How can a stranger tell me the answer to my problems?
A psychotherapist is trained to facilitate you to reach/create your own solutions. In the words of Francis Bacon “A prudent question is one-half the wisdom”.
7. There’s no hope
In case you are in a situation and are experiencing a loss of hope, the focus in therapy is diverted to managing your response.