The process of finding a counselor in Cleveland is hard and that is an understatement. Seems like getting the therapist to even call back is half the battle let alone making sure they can address your specific problem and be a good fit for you as a person. But maybe you’ve gotten past that point. You found a few therapists in Cleveland that seemed nice enough. You probably have a ton of questions-that is completely normal. I’m here to help you dispel some of the common myths about counseling, therapy, psychology and coaching in Cleveland.
Myth #1: A therapist is a therapist is a therapist
All therapists aren’t created equal. They have different educational paths, different clinical experiences and specialize in different topics and issues. It’s important to find a therapist that not only specializes in your specific issue but also is one you feel comfortable with as well. Check out this blog post on ideas or questions to ask a potential counselor or therapist in Cleveland.
Myth #2: The counselor will just sit and stare at meAlthough this might be true for some therapists, it’s not true for most them. Most therapists are trained to actively listen, reflect what you share and ask thoughtful and insightful questions.
Myth #3: The psychotherapist will give me advice or tell me what to do
Again, this might be true for some counselors but the majority are trained to not give advice or tell you what to do. Therapy is a process of self-discovery and figuring out the best options for your problem and the road blocks to the life you want. The counselor is there to help you in that quest.
Myth #4: If I go to therapy, it means I’m crazy
Therapy is for everyone with any issue and any level of severity. If you have something you’d like to see improved, no matter how large or small, counseling is the place for you. Therapy means you want more out of life than you are experiencing now and that is entirely commendable.
Myth #5: My problems aren’t that bad and the counselor will think I should just get over it There is no problem too small. Again, if it’s prohibiting you from getting the life you want, it’s worthy of seeking help. Rest assured the therapist won’t judge you and think your issue too trivial. If anything, they’ll think you are brave and courageous.
I hope this has been beneficial to you in dispelling the common myths related to finding a therapist, counselor, psychologist or coach in Cleveland. If you are still feeling perplexed, feel free to call me at (440) 836-3186 for a free 15-minute consultation. I’d be happy to hear about what is going on and connect you to the right person. If you are looking for help with codependency or relationship issues, you can read more about how I can help here.