Therapy is for weak people
Wrong. Perhaps you think that asking for help through counselling or therapy is a sign of weakness. Actually, it’s quite the opposite.Taking the step towards therapy means that you’re brave enough to invest in yourself and your future. To me, that sounds quite clever and strong.
It's a bit 'out there' isn't it?
Not true. We believe that therapy should be an ordinary thing, something that is part of our normal lives – just like going to the dentist or having a haircut. It’s amazing that we spend so much time and money on our physical health, and relatively little on our emotional health. Knowing that our emotions are such important factors in our experience of happiness is something that can really make a difference in our lives.
You only see a therapist if you have a problem.
Not at all. We tend to think of therapy as an emergency intervention. This is often what we do at our practice – we help people through crises – but therapy is also a way to facilitate personal development and growth. It can help you to clean up a mess from the past, but it can also help you to become emotionally healthy and get the most from your life.
When is the last time you thought about your life, and considered whether you are happy with where you are? When was your last emotional health MOT?
I'll be judged.
We won’t do that. We’ll keep your secrets and we’ll be on your side to help you to become the best that you can be.
Bibi Schonau is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist at The Therapy Practice London in East Village, at the heart of the Olympic Park.
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