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5 Common Myths

We have seen a recent increase in awareness around mental health and the importance of counseling on social media. This has no doubt helped many of us learn about ourselves and the impact of our environment and the people we interact with on our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

However, the stigma around mental health has not fully gone. In fact, there are many misconceptions around what counselling is and what it entails.

Below are five of the most common myths, followed by facts that can help us reduce the stigma around therapy.

Myth #1: Only “crazy” & “weak” people go to counseling.
Fact: The majority of people who attend counseling sessions are stable and strong enough to take the decision to put an end to what’s affecting their lives negatively. In fact, it takes more bravery and courage to admit that you need another perspective, some support or a different way of coping. Many people shy away from getting help simply out of fear of a possible diagnosis or how others will view them. Rest assured, therapy is for everyone!

Myth #2: The therapist doesn’t know me, so they can’t help me.
Fact: One of the main reasons why counselling is successful, is because the counsellor doesn’t know you.
The fact that the counselor doesn’t know you or interact with you on a day-to- day basis allows them the capacity to give you impartial and unbiased insights that will help you deal with the situation better and learn how to trust yourself and take independent actions in the future.The therapist can often offer you a perspective that your friends and family are either untrained to or might not know how to.

Myth #3: Counseling takes forever and is too expensive.
Fact: The time you’ll spend in counseling depends on many factors like the severity of your problem, your available time, as well as the treatment options offered. Research has shown that patients see positive change within an average of 6-12 sessions.
Community clinics can range from free to expensive rates according to the therapist you’re choosing. It’s important to do your research if finances is a barrier to investing in your mental health. Some therapists offer patients a sliding fee based on their income.

Myth#4: Couples counselling is only for people at the brink of separation.
Fact: Just like a plant requires regular care and water, so too does your relationship in order to thrive. Counselling van help you learn healthy communication skills, coping strategies and new perspectives that will help your current relationship blossom.

Myth# 5: Counselling doesn’t help, it will just make my problem worse.
Fact: A trained therapist can help using tools and treatment options beyond your well intentioned friends and family. Therapists can use talk therapy, art therapy or play therapy to help their clients explore their problems from various perspectives and offer insights to help gain a better understanding of the problem at hand.

Do you know people who are in need of therapy but the misconceptions and stigma above are stopping them from getting help?
Share this blog with them and help them live a fulfilling and healthy life!


Wishing you health and Wellness.

Promoting diversity and inclusion in your home

I’ve been receiving many calls from parents feeling anxious, overwhelmed and helpless lately. We live in a beautifully diverse country with people from all different cultures and backgrounds. Many are concerned about their mental health and wellbeing, while many others are wondering how to best support their friends and loved ones given the current climate.

Here are some ways we can show up for our children right now:

  1. Becoming trauma informed. When people witness violence, injustice, are ignored, silenced or told that they are not valued, it is traumatic. This form of trauma is different from other forms in that it is relentless, persistent and present for many people from their earliest memories. Acknowledging this with an open heart and mind, and becoming aware of its impact is important.
  2. Make empathy and equity a habit. Have regular discussions with your children about bullying and what they should do when they themselves are bullied, witness bullying or become the bully. Have the uncomfortable conversations at home and make an action plan for when a situation might arise. What will your child do when they witness injustice against a friend?
  3. Becoming culturally competent parents and educators takes time and real effort. It takes a real look at our own values and biases (and each of us have them) and working on them whenever they show up. Ensuring our children are exposed to books, toys and media that have stories and heroes from different backgrounds is important. Have a look at the things you expose your children to.
  4. Research together as a family. With so much going on all around us, you can pick a topic together as a family to research and become better informed. This could mean watching a movie or a documentary about it, or simply doing research on the internet or from your local library (when open of course).
  5. Donate to the causes your family is discussing. Getting children involved even at a very early age can show them the value of action. Setting up a donation box at home and collecting change is a great way to encourage children to give. Lead by example. Just like learning good manners, children will learn to give and care for the world around them when they see that you do.

Educating ourselves and then passing on that information to our children is the first step, and the earlier we teach this to our younger generations, the better.

Kindness has to be our new normal.

If you are interested in exploring resources (lists of books, websites or causes to donate to) to continue to promote diversity and inclusion in your home, please feel free to reach out and I would be happy to provide you with a list of resources. And if your family is experiencing fear or anxiety, please reach out to your support network, therapist, or book an appointment with me.