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Old Taboos and New Realities

Clinical Psychology has come a long way in the last fifty years. Government, Medicare, the legal fraternity, and the medical profession have all recognized the life-enhancing benefits of psychotherapy in addressing a wide range of issues – from severe and life-threatening disturbances, to daily anxieties and relationship or behavioural deadlocks. And the link between our physical and mental health can never be denied.

However, there is a still a taboo around turning to someone for help – like it’s some kind of admission of failure if you‘re having problems dealing with whatever life is handing you at the time.

For some it may be a fear of having to face up to their concerns, and talking about them. Others simply don’t feel that they are troubled or “crazy” enough to warrant speaking to an “outsider”.

Many people also feel uncomfortable about the prospect of talking about things that are distressing, or even embarrassing to a complete stranger.

There are also those people who feel that they’re powerless to change their circumstances (at least through psychotherapy) and they doubt that it would be able to help them.

When our cars, our teeth or our smart phones start playing up, we don’t just haul out a toolbox or pliers and get busy. And we certainly don’t just ignore the problem, hoping it’s going to go away by itself. We go to a relevant specialist.

We put our faith, our bodies and our toys in the hands of someone that’s trained and skilled in the particular sphere – and in return we expect good service and results from them.

But somehow, when we encounter problems with life, loss, death, relationships, illness, anxiety, depression, sexual intimacy, sexuality and coping, et cetera, we don’t seem to find the time, the money, or the mental energy to address and alleviate these problems.
Or, we keep thinking that time, circumstances or relationships will change, and things will sort themselves out. Worse yet, we don’t even recognise these challenges in our lives, and don’t heed the warning lights.
As a general rule, it has been shown that there is certainly no harm in going into therapy even if you’re not entirely certain you would benefit from it. Millions of people visit psychotherapists every year, and research shows that most people who do so, benefit from the interaction. It was also found that most therapists would be honest with you if they believe you won’t benefit, or in their opinion, don’t need psychotherapy. http://psychcentral.com/psychotherapy/


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