We’ve talked before about how movies can affect the way you see the world. And aside from spies, therapists might be the most misrepresented profession on the screen (though we’d still watch a movie about a spy therapist…)
Many people come into our office expecting something very different from what they get. So what might be different?
“Tell me about your mother” – We’re not necessarily going to ask you directly about your mother. Chances are all of your familial relationships will come up at one time or another, whether it’s your mother, father, siblings, or half- or step-relatives. We’ll also talk about your friends, your coworkers, your boss, and the person who checked you out at the grocery store if that’s a person who has affected your life.
We’re not there to trick you into revealing your deepest secret – If you feel that you’ve been tricked into saying something, we’re not doing our job. We’ll help you talk through your problems, and you might find hidden reasons behind your behavior that you weren’t aware of before. But if you’re with us for depression treatment, we’re not determined to trick you into revealing something that has nothing to do with it.
It’s not solved in a short time – Therapy doesn’t work as quickly as it’s often portrayed. Think of it in much the same way as someone who’s going on a diet…while they might want to lose the weight quickly, it went on slowly and it must come off slowly. You’re a culmination of your life’s experiences, and anything that is affecting you that has caused you to seek depression treatment must also be discovered and treated at a deliberate pace. Chances are you’ll have breakthroughs, but it’s more likely you’ll arrive at them over time.
These are just a few of the ways that your experience with a mental health counselor might be different than what you’ve seen in movies. We’ll be back soon with a few more. If you’re ready to see how a session with a therapist really goes, contact Integrated Counseling and Wellness today.