What does a Therapist do?

A therapist’s primary goal is to help clients, whether in person or online therapy, to improve their mental health. When someone says therapist, they can be referring to a psychotherapist, psychologist, or counsellor. All of these titles refer to people who work with clients to manage mental health issues.
Sometimes the difference between counsellor or therapist is simply a matter of preference. ‘Counsellor‘ and ‘counselling’ may be common in some areas, while others prefer to use ‘therapist’ and ‘therapy’.
Synonyms to Therapists include:
  • Counsellor
  • Mental Health counsellor
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
These people are trained to help individuals such as yourself thrive despite the challenges of life. If you want to learn more about clinical psychology, then make sure to check out the blogpost about that. While there are so many names for therapists, there is still a significant amount of misinformation out there.
What are some common misconceptions about therapists?
Through pop culture and the prevalence of therapy on the big screen, people have gained a skewed idea of what a psychotherapist is. Here are three common misconceptions about therapists.
  1. Not true : A therapist tells you what to do
    Therapists work with clients to help them understand themselves. They use their years of training and experience to identify root causes for repeated behaviours. Then they teach their clients skills and provide them with tools to better to deal with them. Your counsellor will work with you to improve your mental health. All with a goal to amp up your quality of life by providing you with management and coping strategies. They are there to empower you, not be the life coach that dictates your choices.
  2. Not true : A therapist is like a friend you pay
    Some people think that going into a counselling session will just be an hour of venting out frustrations to a friend-substitute. While talking is a common and effective method, your therapist has expansive knowledge and tools beyond what your friends have. By using the information you share, they will be able to help identify your triggers. Then they will guide you towards safer and better decisions. Whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, or anger management, your therapist has extensive tools to help you cope and thrive.
  3. Not true : A therapist can read your mind
    One of the most important things you need to remember is that your desired outcome will largely depend on your willingness to work on yourself. Honesty is the first step and most crucial step. Developing trust with your therapist may take a couple of sessions, therefore going to regular sessions can prove beneficial. Your therapist will not be making assumptions based off their guesses, and they certainly are not psychics or interrogators. To receive the help you need, walking into your session with an open heart and mind can greatly benefit you.
Where should you get started?

If you are suffering from anxiety, depression, or prolonged stress that is impacting your quality of your life, then booking an appointment with a therapist is a good idea. Give yourself and your mind the attention you deserve. A therapist will be able to talk to you about any of your troubles and find a healthy way to move forward.