The decision to disclose that you attend therapy is a personal one and depends on various factors, including your comfort level, the nature of your relationships, and your cultural or societal context.
Here are some considerations to help you make an informed decision:
Privacy and Comfort: Consider your own comfort level with sharing personal information. If you feel secure and confident in discussing your therapy journey, sharing this aspect of your life with family and friends might be more natural.
Relationship Dynamics: Assess the dynamics of your relationships with family and friends. If you have close, supportive relationships where open communication is valued, sharing your therapy experience may deepen understanding and foster empathy.
Stigma, Misconceptions and Weaponization: Be mindful of potential stigma or misconceptions surrounding mental health. In some cultures or communities, there might be a stigma associated with therapy. Consider whether disclosing this information might help break down stereotypes or contribute to a more open dialogue about mental health. In addition, some individuals within your relationship circles may use your therapy as a weapon against you.
Support System: If you believe that sharing your therapy journey would strengthen your support system, it might be worth considering. Knowing that you attend therapy could help your loved ones better understand your needs and provide more effective support.
Timing and Context: Choose an appropriate time and context for sharing this information. A one-on-one conversation might be more suitable than a group setting, allowing for a more personal and thoughtful discussion.
Personal Boundaries: Respect your personal boundaries. You are not obligated to share more than you are comfortable with. If you prefer to keep your therapy journey private, that's entirely valid, and your decision should be respected.
Educational Opportunity: Sharing your experience could also serve as an educational opportunity. Discussing therapy openly may help dispel myths, reduce stigma, and encourage others to prioritize their mental health.
Professional Advice: If you're uncertain about whether or not to disclose, bring it up in there therapy room. Your therapist can provide guidance based on their understanding of your personal situation and the potential impact on your well-being.
Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, and you should prioritize what feels right for you. Whether you choose to share your therapy journey or keep it private, what matters most is that you prioritize your mental health and well-being.
Yvette E. McDonald is the owner and counselor at Traveling Light Counseling, a practice for individuals, couples and families helping them discover the person/couple they were always meant to be, as they become the best version of self in their roles and relationships in the Port Saint Lucie and Martin County area. As an ADHD, Twice-Exceptional, Highly Sensitive Person, she understands the struggles that come with being Neurodiverse. She wants to help you, your child or relationship experience the gifts that come with being Neurodiverse, reduce the intensity you have been living with, and help you navigate through life with more confidence, awareness, emotional strength and perspective.