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    7 Fears I Had About Therapy That Never Came True

    I thought my problems weren't "real" enough.

    If you're considering going to therapy for the first time, it's only natural to have some concerns: What exactly happens in the room? Do I have to talk about my childhood?? Will it even help me???

    Those concerns certainly came up for me when I decided to start therapy for my anxiety a few years ago. Even though I knew it was the right thing to do for my mental health, I had doubts about whether the experience would really benefit me and worried about how the sessions would make me feel. Now that I've seen how incredibly healing therapy can be, I'm hoping to shine some truth on the misconceptions that often fuel a person's stress about beginning the process.

    Here are some of the most common fears I experienced before I first went to therapy, and how things really turned out:

    1. I didn't think a therapist could tell me anything I didn't already know about myself.

    2. I pictured the therapist taking furious notes while I laid on a couch sobbing.

    3. I feared my friends and family wouldn't understand.

    4. I didn't feel like my problems were "real" enough to benefit from therapy.

    5. I imagined talking about my trauma would only make me feel worse.

    6. I expected to be embarrassed by the memories I shared.

    7. I thought it was too late to heal.

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