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"Fear can be the locked door therapy helps you open, revealing the path to healing and self-discovery."

When you engage in deep therapeutic work itcan be scary for several reasons, as it involves opening up about personal thoughts and feelings, which can be challenging and anxiety-provoking.

It’s extremely vulnerable andoften requires individuals to share their deepest thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Opening up in this way can be intimidating, especially if someone is not used to being emotionally exposed. People often fear judgment for what they are feeling or have experienced. There is a fear that the therapist may judge or criticize them for their thoughts and behaviors. This fear can stem from past experiences of judgment or criticism in other areas of life. Form many people it’s common to feel that seeking therapy is weak, and individuals may fear that others will view them negatively if they discover they are in therapy. One of the most important fears that client’s experience is the fear of change and how therapy often involves self-reflection and personal growth. Change, even positive change, can be scary because it involves leaving one’s comfort zone and confronting the unknown. This uncertainty and the stories that client’s tell themselves about the unknown can lead to anxiety and fear. It’s not always easy for clients to revisit and process painful memories or traumas. This can be emotionally distressing. Most of the time, people have a defense structure to stay in control especially if they have experienced trauma. In therapy, individuals may need to relinquish some control as they work with a therapist. This can be unsettling for those who are used to being in control of their lives. Other issues that may the therapeutic scary is for some clients, forming a close therapeutic relationship can be challenging due to past attachment issues or fears of getting too close to others. Sometimes, therapy can force individuals to confront difficult truths about themselves, their relationships, or their past. This can be scary because it challenges their existing beliefs and perceptions.

It’s important to note that feeling scared or anxious about therapy is entirely normal. Many individuals experience these feelings initially but find that therapy becomes a safe and supportive space over time. One of the best feelings that client’s experience is having fear and working through them. We are here to encourage and support that process! 

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