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"The therapist, my friends, family and people at work will think I'm mentally unstable as I'm coming to therapy. Only mad people need psychotherapy"
Therapy is becoming widely accepted by more and more people. If you are concerned about stigma you do not need to tell anyone if this makes you feel more comfortable. The fact is not only mentally ill people need therapy, everyone at some time can use a guide to help give them a clearer perspective on their life. It’s mad not to take advantage of the self-empowerment that therapy can give you.

"I may find out that I am mentally ill"
This is a very common concern because many people are afraid that deep down inside they are somehow different from everyone else and “nobody thinks the way I do”. In fact, individuals who have lost touch with reality are not usually concerned about whether or not they are crazy. You may have developed some very creative ways of dealing with difficult situations. However, that does not mean you are crazy.

"Therapy is too expensive"
Therapy may seem expensive at first, but what has more value to you that your mental well-being? What is more important than getting the most out of life? Therapy can provide you with immeasurable rewards in well being, greater energy, and joy for living, which will be more than adequate compensation for personal expenditure.

"The therapist will not be able to understand me"
You have to remember that a therapist is trained to understand and empathise with emotions. You may have not felt understood trying to explain yourself to family or friends in the past, but it is likely that when you are speaking to a trained professional, that you will be better understood. If this point is a sticking block for you this may indicate that you have some fears or blocks associated with dealing with your feelings. If this is a concern we can address this.

"What if the therapist isn't any good? What if she can't help me"
Not every therapist is a perfect match with each person that comes for assistance. I always carry out an initial assessment at the end of which we will decide whether we want to work together. Sometimes a therapist will not be the right match for you and sometimes blaming the therapist for your lack of progress or challenging their effectiveness is a way a client can avoid facing up to his own problems or discomfort which is why it is very important to talk about this matter.