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Although more and more people receive psychotherapy on a daily basis to work on their psychological burden, there are still many who fear of going to see a therapist, or afraid to talk to a therapist and numerous prejudices, fear of therapy and rumours about psychotherapy in people’s minds.
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Here we address some of them and convey the knowledge that can quickly reduce these prejudices.
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“You lie on a sofa and talk about your issues”.
That’s not true. At least with us. Since we are a behavioural therapy centre, you will not find any sofas on which you spend your therapy lying down. This prejudice is based on the oldest and probably most well-known form of psychotherapy: psychoanalysis according to Sigmund Freud. But in modern behavioural therapy, which follows fundamentally different theoretical principles, we will only ask you to sit down on a comfortable chair or armchair, where we will talk face to face, as you will know from normal conversations.
In-depth conversations seek to track down every major aspect of your problem. So you can imagine how our therapy rooms may appear, just like a front room or living room. there really is no need to fear going to see a therapist.
“I am ashamed of going to therapy or counselling”
In general, every year several thousand people undergo psychotherapeutic treatment although they are scared to go to therapy, fear of therapists phobia. Mental disorders, on the other hand, affect significantly more people, the number of unreported cases is high. Of course, it’s hard to admit that you need help with your problems. But when this big step is taken, one can begin to actively work on their mental disorder instead of enduring it passively.
By opting for therapy, you will have decided to face and deal with your problems. Accepting professional help is a mature and sensible step, as we have the qualified knowledge to competently take all the necessary steps.
Remember: you are not alone, many other people are also in psychotherapeutic treatment. And because you’ve decided to tackle your problems, you do not need to be ashamed. Again there is no need to fear of going to see a therapist.
” I struggle with phobias, my therapist will make me face my fears straight away”.
That’s not true. In behavioural therapy, one would not think of confronting you with your worst anxiety triggers right away.
First, your therapist will talk to you in every important step and, nothing will ever be done against your will.
And second, it would not make sense for your therapy to make you uncontrollably scared. Rather, your therapist will try to take small steps with you until at some point you are no longer afraid of the “biggest fear” (eg, big spiders or height).
“Psychotherapy, psychology, psychiatry. What’s what?”
At CFTC you will meet well-trained highly qualified Psychological Psychotherapists. But what sets these therapists apart from the others?
Psychologists are people who, at the beginning of their training, have focused their study on the experience and behaviour of people. They have studied psychology (pedagogy or social work) and successfully completed the program with a diploma or a master’s degree. Based on such a basic scientific study, they can then acquire practice-oriented knowledge in 3-5-year training as a psychological or child and adolescent psychotherapist.
Psychiatrists are doctors. They first studied medicine and then do their specialist training in psychiatry and psychotherapy.
Psychotherapists are people who have completed training in psychotherapy after completing their studies or training. These can be psychologists or doctors. They fall into occupational groups by the terms “psychological psychotherapist” or “medical psychotherapist”. At CFTC our Psychotherapists have undertaken extensive academic studies to Degree level and beyond, then studied and accredited as Psychotherapist in their specialist fields.
The title “psychotherapy/psychotherapist” is not protected by law. Even if other occupational groups offer psychological or life counselling and also perform psychotherapy (eg within the framework of a non-medical practitioner permit), only licensed psychologists and child and adolescent psychotherapists and psycho-therapeutically trained physicians may use the title.
“I can get medication”.
That’s not true. We are Psychological Psychotherapists and therefore may not prescribe medication.
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