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Five Myths About Mental Health

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  • Myth: You have to be “crazy” to see a therapist.
    Truth: Everybody has stress, anxiety, sadness and difficulties with certain interpersonal relationships. Emotions can hamper our ability to zoom out and see how to respond to these negative situations in a way that gives us peace. Talking about it with someone who sees the bigger picture is often the answer.

  • Myth: Seeing a therapist is a sign of weakness.
    Truth: Getting help contributes to strength. When, with some guidance, you find the answers to your own troubles, you proceed with the tools to be more in control. Seeing a therapist is empowering.

  • Myth: Hiring a therapist equals renting a friend.
    Truth: What you pay for in a counseling session is the benefit of a professional’s expertise and skills, just like with any service -- like a plumber or an attorney. Your friends provide a valuable support system, but unless they are trained in psychology, they fill a different role from your therapist.

  • Myth: If you were tougher you could get through it on your own.
    Truth: Toughness is irrelevant if you don’t have the right tools. Just like changing a tire or digging a hole, you are close to helpless without tools. Therapists help people know what to do and say to get through crises, at some point, on their own.

  • Myth: Being gay or transgender is a mental illness.
    Truth: ​Identifying as LGBTQI or A is not a defect and does not require a cure. Not being able to accept your identity or people’s response to it, though, is a stress therapists can help with. Being able to give yourself peace and happiness is what it all comes down to, and there are tools for that.

Dr. Traci Lowenthal

Clinical Psychologist & Owner of Creative Insights.

"Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Creative Insights Counseling. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and owner of Creative Insights Counseling. While I work with many people, much of my training, and over 10 years of experience has focused on working with and supporting the LGBTQ community.

I have had the privilege of working with many people for whom society’s labels failed to articulate their true identity. This includes those of various sexual orientations and those in varying stages of transition with regard to gender and gender expression. I have also worked with people living with cancer and their caregivers, survivors of sexual trauma and people struggling with anxiety issues. I also truly love working with college students and have had that privilege extensively over my years as a therapist.

My approach to therapy can be described as strengths based, in that I look for what clients are doing right in their lives, while seeking to help them overcome any challenges they may be struggling with. I truly love being a psychologist because I am able to witness people regain hope, strength and contentment in their lives. I welcome the opportunity to work with you!"

Have a question for Dr. Traci Lowenthal? Dial 909-240-7833

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