The Stigmatisation Of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is an effective, natural and meaningful way to improve lives.

 

So why is there still so much stigma surrounding it? This year National Psychotherapy Day is being held on Friday 25 September.  It is a dedicated day to the promotion, research and support of Psychotherapy for all who need it.  Here at The Recover Clinic, we believe that Psychotherapy is a natural solution revolving around conversation and relationship, focused on increasing self-awareness and mental, emotional and relational well-being.

“We are not a drop in the ocean, we are the ocean in a drop.”

 

We currently live in a medical age where popping a pill and getting on with it seems to be perceived as an easier and certainly quicker solution.  Startling research suggests that 1 in 5 Americans currently use Psychiatric medications which produce unpleasant side affects.  Even though it is known that Psychotherapy generates something good for your body and mind, the fear of being stigmatised by others will often lead to people avoiding professional help.

 

Baumeister and Leary (1995) said that “People who feel socially alienated or rejected are susceptible to a host of behavioural, emotional and physical problems, suggesting human beings may posses a fundamental need to belong.”

 

Positive social contact is essential for psychological and physiological health, however the existence of stigmatisation in social groups is all too well known.  The process of stigmatisation leads to certain individuals being excluded and dismissed from social situations due to them possessing certain behaviours, characteristic or appearances which are deemed unusual and unacceptable.  This existence of stigmatisation can be understood as a fear-driven process.  This process involves the feared object, in this example being Psychotherapy, being marked with disgrace and therefore being less accepted and potentially being rejected within the social situation.

 

Following on from Jeremy Corbyn’s success of being elected as leader of the Labour Party, he announced the creation of a new post for a Mental Health Shadow Minister, a post that has no competitor in the Conservative Party.  Luciana Berger has been appointed to take on the role which has been welcomed as a significant step towards recognising the importance of mental health and the scale of the imbalance between physical health care and mental health care.  This is a significant step towards the recognition of the importance of Mental Health within the NHS and the need for the correct actions to be taken.

 

 

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