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Cindy Menassa

Is the Fear of Starting Therapy Holding You Back?

Overcome Fear, Embrace Growth: Therapy as a Journey of Self-Discovery. Navigate the unknown, confront vulnerability, and unlock inner strength in a judgment-free space. Start your transformative journey today.

Embracing the Unknown: The Therapy Journey Begins

Imagine this: You're standing at the edge of a dark and mysterious forest. It's so foggy that you can barely see the trees. You know that within this puzzling place, you have the chance to change, learn more about yourself, and heal. But something is stopping you; your heart is racing, and you're unsure about taking the next step. If this sounds familiar, you're not the only one. For many people, the idea of therapy is like entering that mysterious forest—it's full of unfamiliar feelings, being open, and facing the unknown.

Fear of the unknown, conversations with strangers, embracing vulnerability, delving into painful memories. These are all common fears that, unsurprisingly, reflect the apprehensions that often accompany the decision to start therapy. So, what are these feelings and fears that often stop people from trying therapy? Better yet, why do these worries exist?

Fear of the Unknown:

Let’s not kid ourselves… We've all grappled with these persistent questions, gradually consuming our thoughts. What will therapy be like? Will the therapist understand me? Utter uncertainty. Well let’s all just relax, therapy's a personalized journey where answers may come in due time, unveiling valuable self-discoveries along the way.

Stigma and Misconceptions:

In the ever-evolving landscape of societal perceptions, some have made great strides in reducing the stigma around mental health. However, certain misconceptions still linger in the shadows. For instance, the fear that seeking therapy might somehow signify weakness or instability is still very much alive. But here's the real scoop: therapy is neither a symbol of frailty nor a testament to instability. It's an audacious leap towards personal growth and well-being. It takes remarkable strength to confront our struggles and reach out for help.

@teenagertherapy Hardest thing about therapy is actually wanting to change #therapy #growth @gaelaitor_ ♬ original sound - teenagertherapy


Opening up about our deepest fears, insecurities, and past traumas can be a daunting task, especially if we’re used to hiding our emotions. The key here is to think of therapy as opening a door to our inner world, where our deepest fears and insecurities reside. Vulnerability may appear as a daunting, heavy door to many, but behind it, you'll often find not a big monster but rather the younger, vulnerable versions of ourselves, sitting alone in a corner, seeking understanding and connection. Vulnerability isn't weakness; it's actually where our strength lies.

Confronting Painful Memories:

At times, therapy involves revisiting tough memories or facing behaviors we'd rather not deal with, which can be quite challenging, but it's a necessary part of healing and growing as a person. After all, unprocessed emotions are like baggage we carry. To move forward, we must unpack and confront our feelings. Therapists are experts in helping you navigate these difficult waters, offering support and guidance throughout your journey.

Fear of Change:

Why do people fear change? Simply put, change disrupts the cozy familiarity of our routines and introduces us to uncharted territory, regardless of how healthy/unhealthy they are. Therapy can set in motion transformative changes that might feel unsettling at first. However, these changes often serve as the gateway to a more fulfilling and joyful existence.

Fear of Judgement:

Another reason is the fear of judgment. It's hard to believe that our therapist won't cast judgment on what we share because, let's face it, we live in a society that can be quite judgmental. We might lack the kind of emotional safety in our everyday lives that a therapy space can provide.

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Therapy is a bit like looking in the mirror with eyes wide open, which can be really tough. We often hesitate because we might feel ashamed or embarrassed about needing help. It's as if we're keeping a secret, not wanting anyone to know we have our share of challenges. And sometimes, our pride gets in the way. We're hesitant to admit to certain actions, words, or thoughts, we might worry that our viewpoints aren't mainstream enough and that harsh judgment awaits us. But let me tell you, therapy offers a judgment-free space where our thoughts and feelings are welcomed with open arms: it's a safe space for your unfiltered truth. Who you become when you come out of it makes all these fears worth facing.  If you feel courageous enough to start answering the tough questions, taking a look into your deeper self, and embracing your full potential, head to our questionnaire and let us help you find the right therapist that will guide you on the path to a better and bigger life.

Cindy Menassa

Meet Our Practitioners

Sabrina Rodorigo
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Together, we'll use a holistic approach that honors your mind, body, and spirit going beyond the surface level
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Sabrina RodorigoPsychotherapistMiami, USA
Ishita Pateria
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I believe in using an integrative approach adopting different therapeutic modalities according to each client’s personal needs
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Ishita PateriaPsychotherapist and Couples TherapistMumbai, India
Dr. Nick Little
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I use these therapies to help my clients regulate intense emotions and cope with the difficult life dilemmas they encounter
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Dr. Nick LittlePsychologistLondon, UK