There are many misconceptions about psychotherapy:
Therapists analyze their clients.
Therapists don’t analyze anyone. Their job is to assist the client in learning to deal with the problems that arise, to assist them in finding the cause of the problems and to teach them to deal with the situations that are causing the conflict. The therapist and the client work as a team, a relationship that allows healing and growth.
Psychotherapy is a working relationship forged between the client and the therapist during structured conversations. The process allows and structures a therapeutic alliance or working relationship.
Therapy is a quick fix.
Therapy takes time. Certain individuals need time for the therapist to assist them in understanding or reaching the goal that the client is trying to seek. This may take a few weeks or months, sometimes even years. It really depends on the individual and the goal they are seeking. As your therapist, I will assist you in reaching this goal. Whether it be one week or several years, you will obtain or regain happiness and stability in your life.
Therapy is for everyone.
While therapy is not for all, it does have its advantages; as mentioned above, it is a working relationship between the therapist and the client. The client must be willing to work and learn the skills necessary to assist him/her to a level of stability and equilibrium, which will in turn foster happiness and balance within their lives.