Therapy Can Work

Katherine Rabinowitz, LP, M.A., NCPsyA

Licensed Psychotherapist & Psychoanalyst
Union Square area, Greenwich Village, New York, NY

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Therapy Can Work

Katherine Rabinowitz, LP, M.A., NCPsyA

Licensed Psychotherapist & Psychoanalyst
Union Square area, Greenwich Village, New York, NY

“If I go get therapy, it means I need help. If I admit that I need help, I must be weak.”

“If I go get therapy, it means I need help. If I admit that I need help, I must be weak.”

I hear this a lot, and I couldn’t disagree more strongly.

It takes a very strong person to admit the need for help. Seeking therapy, whether short-term to deal with an unexpected external crisis, or longer-term, to address depression or anxiety that’s been around for way too long, indicates great strength of character.

Sometimes we’ve developed bad habits that prevent achieving success in one or another area of life. Sometimes there has been significant trauma (recent or in the past) and it just derailed you. You thought you conquered it, but maybe you didn’t.

You think you ought to have been able to figure this out by now, on your own. After all, you’re smart, been around the block a few times, read a lot of self-help books, but it hasn’t worked. Maybe reading one more book will do the trick. But then it doesn’t.

A friend suggests therapy. But even contemplating the idea makes you feel weak. You’re not. By definition you can’t be objective about yourself, because you’re the subject. Easy to see what other friends are doing wrong, but not so easy to see what you’re doing wrong.

The friend who suggested therapy seems to always get it right: an amazing significant other, a raise, a fabulous job offer. Of course. Because that friend is so strong! What a surprise to find out the reason is dedication to therapy.

So maybe getting therapy doesn’t mean someone is weak after all. Maybe it shows strength. Maybe give it a try and find out.

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