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9 Things People in Therapy Want You to Know

For many years therapy has always had a stigma attached to it. There are so many misunderstandings about mental health and the treatment for it. Lindsay Holmes, a contributor writer for the Huffington Post, says that seeing a mental health professional is no different than seeing  a specialist for any other illness. Going to therapy is not a bad thing. Here are some things people in therapy want you to know:

  1. You should never feel ashamed for being in therapy
  2. There's still a huge stigma attached to it
  3. When it comes to treatment, everybody's different
  4. There is no right amount of time to be in therapy
  5. No, you don't have to lay on a couch
  6. It sometimes takes a while to find the right therapist
  7. Not everyone in therapy has a mental health disorder
  8. Your therapist definitely doesn't gossip
  9. Being in therapy doesn't necessarily lead to medication, but if it does, that's totally okay

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.