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People fear going to therapy for many different reasons. So often, people know they would benefit from therapy, yet specific fears hold them back from stepping forward and seeking the support they need.

If you are fearful of therapy, know that you are not alone. While it may be a big step to acknowledge and accept help, it is a step that can positively impact every aspect of your life. Here are a few different reasons that some people fear the idea of going to therapy.

#1. Fear of Opening up to a Stranger

Opening up to a complete stranger can seem weird and awkward. Sometimes it can be hard to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings to yourself, let alone someone else. Take comfort in knowing that it is a therapist’s job to help their clients through their mental health issues and reach their goals. Mental health professionals do this all day, every day. There is nothing to be embarrassed about in going to a therapist.

#2. Fear of a Diagnosis

Sometimes having a diagnosis can be a positive thing; other times, a diagnosis can cause stress and discomfort. Work with your therapist and talk through any discomfort or fear you may have of being diagnosed.

#3. Fear of Judgement 

Stigma is a very real thing. Many people do not seek therapy for fear that others will treat them differently. Find the courage to focus on yourself and on reaching your goals. There is nothing to be ashamed of in going to therapy.

#4. Fear of an Inability to Work Through Trauma 

You may fear that even with attending therapy, you may not be able to work through your trauma. Have faith that your therapist can help you better understand your mental health issues and work towards reaching your goals. Growth is often uncomfortable, but you can and will succeed.

Regardless of your reasons for being frightened of therapy, you should work through your fears and get the support you need.

People fear going to therapy for many different reasons. Some may fear opening up to a stranger, while others may fear being judged. If you are struggling with the fear of taking that first step, know that you are not alone. Here at The Guest House, we are trained professionals ready to support you through your struggles and help you reach your goals. You do not need to face your challenges alone. We are here for you every step of your recovery. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our different treatment options.