3 truths and 3 misunderstandings about what it’s actually like to go to therapy.
Written by a licensed psychotherapist, here are some common truths and misunderstandings about what actually happens if you decide to see a mental health therapist.
All too often as I’ve traveled around Asia, and especially here in Vietnam, one of the first reactions I get from people when I tell them I’m a psychotherapist is: ‘oh, so you know what I’m thinking right now?’ Of course the answer to that question is: ‘no! I’m not a mind reader.’ I still wonder how that became such a common belief. This is just one example of the different stigmas (negative beliefs) about counseling or psychotherapy. Another stigma in some parts of America, for example, is more about being embarrassed or ashamed of the idea of going to a stranger for help.
I hope at least part of what this article might help to do is bring some awareness to these populations about the realities of therapy. Let’s break this down and take a look at what therapy is, and is not.
In some places, therapy is trendy and cool (eg. California and Argentina). In many other places, not so much. Continue reading Robert Oleskevich’s article on Hero’s journey Therapy.
Robert Oleskevich, is a licensed psychotherapist, world traveler, and an expat. He lived in over 30 different countries, worked with adolescents, expats, and third culture kids. These days, he provides counseling and therapy to people dealing with the social and emotional challenges of living in Asia, with a focus on expats in HCMC Vietnam.
Know more about Robert on www.herosjourneytherapy.com