Am I Crazy?
Why would anyone want to go see a therapist? Usually people are hesitant for a whole list of reasons:
- I might be crazy just like my mother.
- Why should I go talk to a stranger?
- A female therapist? She and my wife will ‘gang up’ on me.
- She’ll see inside my mind. Then try to change me!
- I’ll start crying and never stop.
- I am so messed up that she’ll put me on drugs.
- I’m angry at and don’t believe in God and she’ll try to make me pray.
- My boss will find out I’m in therapy and be given a list of my ‘issues.’
In the initial session or at any time tell the therapist your questions and concerns.
To clear up the above concerns here are the answers below.
- We’re all a little crazy, and yes, you could be a little like your mother. But you are not your mother and have unique qualities that will balance out the negative. Hopefully.
- Strangers see everything from a different perspective and can say the identical words as a husband might state. However, we can agree with a stranger because he does not gloat that he is right!
- Therapists are trained to be mediators and focus on issues, not criticizing or belittling individuals.
- Nobody can change anybody. Therapists can’t make us do anything. I wish we could!
- A box of Kleenex is located next to the client chair. And crying transforms into calmness after the tears subside.
- Most emotional and psychological problems do not merit the use of drugs.
- Prayer is personally only a choice and request made by the client or offered to the client in a receptive atmosphere.
- All therapy is confidential. Even if your employee insurance pays for therapy no reports are written other than general words, such as, ‘Client is participating in therapy.’