How Is Therapy Different Than Talking With Parents and Friends? Clinical Psychology Episode.



I know don’t need to tell psychology students and psychology professionals about the difference because we sort of just know them. However, if you work in clinical psychology or mental health then there may be times when 1) people challenge your work because they see therapy as pointless and people only need to talk to their friends and parents. 2) you might get a client that needs this to be explained to them. So this episode should be useful to you regardless.


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How Is Therapy Different From Talking With Parents and Friends?

Most of the time when we experience a difficulty, talking to our parents and friends is all we need because they know us, they know how we think and they know our friendship groups so they are bound to know us very well.


Because of this, parents and friends are likely to do some helpful things:

· Take sides

· Add their opinions

· Comfort us

· Say comforting things to us. Like, everything will be okay and there are plenty more fish in the sea.

· Change the conversation to take our minds off our “troubles”

· Compare our story to others. Such as if you’re telling them about a break up, they might recall someone else telling them about theirs and compare the two.


Overall, this can be great for our mental health because sometimes all we need is to talk to someone and vent. Then the other person may just tell us their opinions, offer some lay advice and comfort us.