Jul 28

counseling: who needs such a thing?‘ This is about the view some veteran personalities express when the issue comes to psychotherapy or counseling. psychotherapy still has a dubious image – people who need it would have to be losers or people who don’t have control over their lives.

But a look outside the box shows that in progressive and self-critical, competitive societies, approaches such as psychotherapy, coaching or counseling are well accepted aids in difficult situations of life. Celebrities talk openly about how they learned more about themselves in psychotherapy, and managers report about achieving new momentum through coaching on a regular basis for their challenging job.

To see the potential of counseling, one has to understand that a person’s ability to help and ‘advise’ herself is actually quite limited. Each of us has a very personal way to deal with problems: again and again we apply pretty much the same strategies – and even if they fail, most of us tend to just try harder, even at the risk of a disaster. counseling and therapy however primarily bring in neutral and unbiased feedback from a professional not stuck in the dilemma – often, he can also introduce new perspectives and establish new and creative ways of dealing with the challenge to ease overcoming the obstacles for a solution.
In this sense, seeking counseling, coaching or psychotherapy is a sign of foresight and intelligence: that someone considers himself and his life so valuable that he no longer accepts feeling unhappy or wastes time by just relying on his own ways of thinking.

(This short article is part of a weekly series dealing with psychological expat problems and general mental health issues and was published in various newspapers and magazines in Thailand, 2010)

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Thoughts on “Psychotherapy – only for losers?”:

  1. Comment by MrHeyIts:

    Is it ok for someone to engage in psychotherapy? Sure. But when one has needed to see someone all their lives, when they’re habitually “ripe” for a psychotherapy, after they’ve seen 6 different counselors-then it’s not ok. I don’t look down on anyone for seeing someone, but I look down on myself for it, and refuse to consider it again despite all of the ‘benefits’ I hear of it. I don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt, in fact there is no doubt: I do NOT deserve a psychotherapist. They have enabled terrible feelings and justified delusions I’ve held far too long. This article is a lie because it presents psychotherapy as an end all be all. It is NOT and should NOT be treated as such. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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