Talking Therapy continues to be a popular option for anyone seeking treatment for their mental health or general wellbeing. Many find that therapy greatly improves their life.

But due to various factors – whether this is through portrayals in the media or second-hand accounts – therapy has attracted certain myths which simply aren’t true, and may even put some people off.

Therefore, in this article we take a look at some of the myths that are associated with therapy – and show that they aren’t true!

File photo: Talking therapy can be very useful

Myth: You don’t need therapy as you can always fix your own problems

It can be easy to think that you are superman – you don’t need anyone to help you, you are capable of fixing your own issues and overcoming any problems you have.

But sometimes, you need to take a step back and realise that you do need some help. Sometimes, a therapist helping you is what you need to get your life back on track.

Myth: Therapy will work after one session

Therapy is not something that provides a miracle, overnight fix. Instead, therapy takes time. Many types of therapy are designed for around 6-8 sessions, like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

However, many, such as Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy – are designed for longer-term work, potentially over months. Therefore, it is important to be patient. You won’t be able to start therapy and think that you will be fixed overnight.

Myth: My problems don’t require therapy

It is a common belief that many people have – they are struggling with their mental health, but feel their problems aren’t serious enough to merit receiving help.

But this isn’t right. If you have found that you are going through a difficult time and that you are struggling, then therapy could be very helpful for you.

Myth: Your therapist will tell others about what you said

One of the things that is most common to put someone off of therapy is concerns over privacy and confidentiality. In fact, some people think what they say will be spread around by their therapist.

The truth is that therapists are bound by strict ethical regulations that mean they cannot discuss what is said in a session with outsiders. There are only certain cases where this wouldn’t be the case – as covered in this article.

Instead, what you say will be kept between you both, and a strong trust should be formed. A strong patient-therapist relationship is important, and trust over confidentiality is a major part of this.

Myth: Therapy doesn’t work

It can be understandable that when you are in a bad place, that you think that therapy wouldn’t work for you, and that it doesn’t work for anyone.

However – this is not true! Therapy can be a literal life saver for many people – and the vast majority will see some improvement in their wellbeing and symptoms.

Youi should at least try therapy – it is worth trying! You may find that it leads to much better overall wellbeing and an improved state of mental health.


The above areas should help to explain some of the misconceptions around therapy, and show that some of the criticism that it receives isn’t justified.

We have plenty of information around our website – you can see an overview on therapy here, or our FAQ section on therapy. Click here for our overall therapy section.



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