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Myths about therapy

March 7, 2024

A woman and a man sitting across from each other in a counseling session in Manhattan. Counseling myths can be busted.

There are several myths and misconceptions about therapy that can sometimes deter people from seeking the help they need. It’s important to debunk these myths to encourage a better understanding of what therapy actually entails. Therapy is for anyone who is seeking to make changes in their life, and may need a little extra help doing so.

Here are some common myths about therapy:

1. Only “Crazy” People Need Therapy

Therapy is not just for people with severe mental illnesses. It’s for anyone who wants to improve their mental well-being, cope with challenges, or work on personal growth. People seek therapy for a wide range of issues, from everyday stress to more complex concerns.

2. Therapists Will Judge You

Close up view of a therapist listening to a client with no judgment in Brooklyn.

Therapists are trained to provide a nonjudgmental and supportive environment. They’re there to help you, not to criticize or judge you. Our therapists know how many of us carry shame or regret for some of our life experiences, and always approach sessions in a compassionate and supportive way.

3. Therapy is Only About Talking

While talking is an important aspect of therapy, it’s not the only approach. Our therapists use a variety of techniques and modalities, including cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and more, depending on what suits your needs.

4. Therapy is a Quick Fix

Therapy is a process that takes time and effort. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, and meaningful change often requires ongoing commitment.

5. Therapists Have All the Answers

Black woman therapist listening to her client in her Manhattan therapy practices.

Therapists don’t provide solutions or answers. Instead, they help you explore your thoughts and feelings, develop insights, and provide tools to manage challenges. The work you do in therapy is a collaborative effort, and our therapists’ goal is to guide you toward your most authentic self, so that you can find the answers you need. 

6. Only “Serious” Problems Warrant Therapy

Therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of concerns, from minor stressors to major life changes. You don’t have to be in crisis to benefit from therapy.

7. Therapists Will “Fix” You

Therapy is not about fixing you; it’s about helping you develop the skills, insights, and coping mechanisms to navigate life’s challenges and improve your overall well-being.

8. Therapists Can Read Your Mind

Woman sitting in her bed in Brooklyn doing an online therapy session.

Therapists are skilled at listening and understanding, but they can’t read your mind. It’s important to communicate openly and honestly to get the most out of your sessions. This may be challenging, but our therapists work hard to build rapport with their clients to allow them to feel more comfortable openly sharing and leaning into vulnerability.

9. Therapy is All About Dwelling on the Past

While past experiences are explored in therapy, the focus is often on how they impact your current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Therapy also involves developing strategies to create a healthier future, using our past experiences and current values to make decisions that align with our future goals

10. Therapy is a Sign of Weakness

Seeking therapy is a sign of strength and self-awareness. It takes courage to confront challenges and seek help when needed.


Ready to break free from the myths about therapy and live the life you’ve always wanted? Start therapy in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or anywhere in New York with Manhattan Wellness. Embrace a transformative journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Get support in creating empowering habits, using positive language, and appreciating your uniqueness. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Contact Manhattan Wellness today or email us at
  2. Schedule your first appointment with one of our Manhattan therapists
  3. Embark on this empowering path to a confident, happier you


Our therapists recognize that discovering your “enough” is a journey. And it can become even more complex when the inner critic interferes, giving rise to additional challenges. We provide a range of services to ensure you receive the essential support, care, and guidance to achieve your goals. Our offerings include specialized support for women, anxiety treatment, and dating therapy. Along with services for college students, maternal mental health, body image therapy, and much more. If you feel dissatisfied with your current life and are seeking meaningful changes, let’s have a conversation about it.

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