“Why We Went To Therapy”–Black Men Speak Out
why you’re there.
Hardy: My misconception going in was that she would be able to look at me and know how many sessions and doses of medication I would need to be better. I was hoping for an easy fix and that doesn’t exist.
Jolla: My misconceptions about therapy were few, yet still potentially off-putting. Because I was studying psychology at the time, there were plenty of things that I was well aware of, prior to attending. But one major misconception that I had was that I looked at therapists much like one would lump together doctors who practice & treat physical ailments, to say that any Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor can handle any patient that has Ear, Nose & Throat issues.
That is not necessarily the case with therapists, they are not one-size-fits-all.
Marshall: I shared a lot of the general misconceptions around therapy. Most notably, that to be in therapy means that there is something fundamentally wrong with me and the things I think, feel and believe.
How has therapy benefited you?
McGee: Therapy definitely has helped me express myself to an unbiased third party that can help me process my thoughts. I think sometimes people get lost in their own mind and need an extra person to guide them. For myself, I usually like to keep stuff in (emotional stuff) and it can sometimes hurt me or my