Is therapy only for crazy people?

I often see clients who tell me they haven’t sought therapy previously because they believed it was for crazy people. In my view it often those who have the greatest problems with mental health who don’t seek therapy. They may find the thought of it too threatening. Any idea of change or allowing oneself to be vulnerable seems too threatening.

In fact, as I see it, it is the healthy part of oneself – the part that is related or willing to risk being in relationship, the part that is willing to be vulnerable, the part that is able to seek help – that is open to therapy. In that very willingness to risk and be vulnerable lies the courage to be open to change. Thus, seeking therapy is, in my mind, a sign of mental health.

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