I like the part where the Therapist secretly criticize or laugh at the patient. It can be true but it is humorous nonetheless. This article humorously portrays psychotherapy like a mental game rather than a real thing much as religion tries to play with people's fears and the Afterlife.
Interesting post. While you're in therapy, you'll learn new ways to think about the situations that bother you, which can help you fight low self-esteem and depression. You'll also learn new ways to cope with your feelings. Cognitive therapy can also help with feelings of anger, anxiety, shyness or panic.
So this was fairly funny, but for someone Googling "first time therapist" it doesn't really assuage the fears of seeking out mental healthcare. Good SEO on this site's part for the site visits and not the fault of the author or anyone else but just not very helpful and possibly damaging for those already hesitant to seek help, like me, who have finally, and with quite a bit of vulnerability, decided to make that first appointment.
Although this was funny, I'm fairly sure you just convinced me to cancel my appointment.
This piece was "humorous advice," and I'm glad you did find it funny. But it was all meant in good fun, and I hope you were joking when you said it convinced you to cancel your appointment.
Seriously, I am a strong believer in the value of therapy.
Mark Sherman, Ph.D., is a psychologist and humor writer.