5 Things Your Therapist Won't Do in Therapy

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September 7, 2023

5 Things Your Therapist Won't Do in Therapy

You've probably read dozens of articles about what to expect during the therapy process, from signing up for your first session to how to pay for therapy.

But it's also worth learning about what doesn't happen in therapy.

Misconceptions about the therapy process can be stressful and overwhelming, so we're here to debunk common therapy myths.

After reading this article, you'll know five things that won't happen during therapy.

Things Your Therapist Won’t Do

You can trust that your therapist won’t do these five things during your session.

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1. Your therapist won’t shame you

Your therapist is here to help you, not judge you.

If you're embarrassed about something you've done in your past, it's still okay to talk about it.

It's okay to let the tears fall in front of your therapist.

2. Your therapist won't force you to share before you're ready 

Being transparent about your experiences will help you make better progress in therapy, but you don't have to share everything right away.

Your therapist is a stranger when you first start your sessions - it's okay if you're not ready to share your most intimate experiences right away.

If you need to take a bit of time before you're ready to open up, that's okay.

If you have a limited number of therapy sessions (i.e. insurance limitations), you can talk to your therapist about how to feel more comfortable opening up more quickly.

3. Your therapist won't minimize your experiences

You might think you can only talk about significant traumas or specific symptoms (like experiencing anxiety or depression) in therapy.

In reality, you can talk about whatever you want - and your therapist won't minimize your experiences.

Anything that's having an impact on you is worth discussing - it doesn't how matter how "small" you might worry it is.

4. Your therapist won't be offended by honesty

If you want to swear in sessions, go ahead. 

You don't have to make your experiences sound more "palatable" when explaining them to your therapist - you can be as honest and blunt as you'd like.

Don't feel like you have to hide aspects of yourself to appear a certain way - you're allowed to be your full, honest self in therapy.

5. Your therapist won't grade you in therapy

Sure, your therapist might offer suggestions on how you can make better progress.

But therapy isn't something you can win or lose - and your therapist isn't judging whether you're doing it the right or wrong way.

Next Steps for Beginning Therapy

After reading this article, you know five things that won't happen during therapy.

Here at KMA Therapy, we're here for you on every step of the therapy journey. For over 14 years, we've helped out clients start therapy strong, make great progress, and see meaningful changes in their lives.

Fill out our Registration Form to ask any questions you have - our team will answer you within 24 hours!

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Emily Weatherhead
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