What I wish I had known about therapy

I started going to therapy when I was in graduate school. I always made sure to sprinkle hard classes with easy classes in undergrad, but there was no escaping a semester full of difficult classes in graduate school. More and more as the semesters went on, I became a victim of imposter syndrome. Add in the on-again-off-again, not-really-boyfriend I was seeing at the time, and my breaking point was inevitable. Thankfully, I had two friends who mentioned a few times that they went to therapy. So I finally picked up the phone and made an appointment for myself.

Now, I had never actually asked me friends about their experiences with therapy. I just knew they went. So I went into my first session with the assumptions that TV show therapists gave me. This meant I fully expected to launch right into my family background and to realize I was deeply disturbed in the first fifteen minutes. Right off the bat, I was surprised that those fears weren’t true. Although these misconceptions didn’t stop me from seeking therapy, they do hold others back. And since therapy has made such a huge impact on my life, I’d like to bust the myths that keep people who actually need help from finding it.

Click over to Verily to read the myths!

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