Therapy

Going to Therapy: A Sign of Sanity or Insanity?

Taking the stigma out of psychotherapy

Posted Oct 14, 2015

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If you follow my blog, you know that I am on a mission to demystify psychotherapy and to convey its useful ideas in down-to-earth, accessible ways. I want to share with regular folks how valuable it can be to reflect on their lives, to develop their mental and emotional muscle, and to be more intentional about their mental health. In our do-do-do, mind-numbing culture, this message may seem strange but it is desperately needed.

So I get very excited when I discover other resources that carry forth this same mission. Recently I discovered a gem of a YouTube video by the folks at The School of Life. Simply entitled, Psychotherapy, this short but mighty video (only three minutes in length) really captures the essence of insight-oriented psychotherapy. The video makes some real progress in taking the stigma out of going to therapy and even casting it in a positive light.

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I really like their basic approach. While therapy is known to be a resource for people with serious mental health problems, it is often not seen as a legitimate resource for those struggling with emotional and relational difficulties on a smaller scale. The video addresses a very common misconception: if you go to therapy, it must mean you are really, really troubled. Some of my own patients have voiced this same concern about the prospect of going to therapy more than once a week: isn’t it true that the more often you go, the more ill you must be? Quite the contrary. As the video concludes, “it isn’t a sign of disturbance to go to therapy. It’s the first sign of sanity and of a proper, grown-up commitment to mental health.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with the stigma of psychotherapy, I urge you to take 3 minutes out of your day to watch this video. It may help you reconsider the idea that going to therapy is evidence of deep, dark problems. Instead, you may come to think of it as a sign of health and maturity.

The School of Life offers videos to help you learn about the important things you were never taught in school.

Copyright 2015 Jennifer Kunst, PhD

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