Did you know that one in five Australians have a mental health condition that could benefit from therapy? That's a staggering statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
However, we understand that seeking therapy can be a daunting task for many individuals. There are several barriers that can make it difficult for people to take that first step. Let's explore these barriers and see how we can overcome them together.
Stigma: The Fear of Being Labeled Weak
Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to mental health issues, which can discourage individuals from seeking therapy. Some people worry that they may be perceived as weak or less capable if they seek help.
Solution: Changing the Narrative
Thankfully, this negative stigma is starting to change through mental health initiatives and conversations. It's essential to understand that seeking help is a brave and courageous act. We need to change the narrative around mental health and therapy and encourage people to seek help when they need it.
Cost: The Burden of Paying for Therapy
The cost of therapy can also pose a significant barrier for many individuals. Some people may find therapy too expensive, while others may not have insurance to cover the cost of treatment.
Solution: Affordable Therapy Options
Thankfully, there are various affordable therapy options available. For instance, Medicare and free access schemes can help make therapy accessible and affordable for potential patients. Additionally, organisations like ourselves, Fair Wealth Australia, offer free therapy sessions to their members at an affordable rate of $11 per week. No lock-in contracts, no minimum term.
Doubt: The Fear of Therapy Not Working
Some individuals may doubt whether therapy will work for them, particularly if they have had negative experiences with therapy in the past. Moreover, some people may want quick results, which is not always feasible.
Solution: Realistic Expectations and Introduction Sessions
It's essential to set realistic expectations and realize that therapy is a process that takes time. Did you know that according to Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Emily Simonian, it can take between 8-12 sessions for a patient to see some change in their behavior? Additionally, introductory sessions with a counselor can help individuals decide if therapy is something that can be useful for them.
In conclusion, seeking therapy is a significant step towards improving one's mental health. Remember that one in five Australians could benefit from therapy. By breaking down the barriers of stigma, cost, and doubt, we can make therapy accessible and encourage more people to seek the help they need. If you're feeling unsure, reach out to a therapist and schedule an introductory session. You're not alone, and seeking help is a brave and courageous act.
Book a free 15 minute confidential chat with us today to see if you’d like to start breaking down the barriers to therapy.