Overcoming the fear associated with starting therapy

Nick Bowditch - Therapist - Overcoming the fear of starting therapy


Overcoming the fear of starting therapy can be a daunting task, but it’s an important step towards improving your mental health and overall well-being. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore some common fears that people may have about starting therapy and provide some tips on how to overcome them.

Fear #1: Stigma

One of the most common fears associated with starting therapy is the fear of being stigmatised. Many people worry that seeking therapy will make them appear weak or that others will judge them for needing help. It’s important to remember that seeking therapy is a sign of strength, and that many people – even those who seem to have it all together – seek therapy to help them deal with life’s challenges.

Reframe the narrative around seeking therapy. Instead of seeing it as a weakness, consider it a proactive step towards improving your mental health. You’re taking control of your life and actively working towards being the best version of yourself.

Fear #2: Vulnerability

Therapy can be an incredibly vulnerable experience. It requires opening up about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, which can be uncomfortable or even painful. It’s natural to feel scared about being vulnerable in front of someone you don’t know well.

Remember that therapists are trained professionals who have seen and heard it all. They are there to support you and provide a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Additionally, therapy is confidential, so you can feel free to share whatever is on your mind without fear of judgement or repercussions.

Fear #3: Cost

Therapy can be expensive, and the cost can be a barrier for some people. This fear can be compounded by concerns about whether therapy will be worth the investment. 

Many therapists, like me, offer different payment options including buying packages of sessions that reduces the cost, and Afterpay. Remember that investing in your mental health is priceless – it can have a positive impact on all areas of your life.

Fear #4: Not knowing where to start

The process of finding a therapist and starting therapy can be overwhelming. It can be hard to know where to start, and even harder to find a therapist who is a good fit.

Start by asking for recommendations from friends, family, or other health care professionals. You can also search online for therapists in your area and read their bios and reviews, including whether they offer their therapy by telehealth, over the phone or online on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a few therapists and schedule an initial consultation to get a feel for their approach and whether you feel comfortable with them.

Starting therapy can be a scary and uncertain experience, but it’s important to remember that therapy can be incredibly beneficial for your mental health and well-being. 

By reframing the narrative around seeking therapy, recognising the importance of vulnerability, exploring your options for cost, and taking the first step towards finding a therapist, you can overcome your fear and being your journey towards a happier, healthier you. 

Nick Bowditch - The best motivational speaker in Australia

Nick Bowditch

Nick Bowditch is a motivational speaker, the best-selling author of Reboot Your Thinking and Actually, it IS all about me, and a therapist and coach. He is also a successful (and unsuccessful) entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, inspirational storytelling expert, blogger, podcaster, and a passionate mental health advocate. 

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