Therapy Doesn’t Have To Be Negative-Kristy Ban

This has been the second semester at DCC that I’ve attended. Experiencing a campus event
pushed me out of my comfort zone, which worried me. But, I found the doing so
benefited me as a person. Campus events give this campus character, rather than just
being lectured about one specific topic. These campus events give people a break from
their everyday schedule, which is important.
The event I chose to attend was “The Truth about Therapy.”. This presentation was given by
Hannah Brennier, who’s an advocate for mental health awareness. Along with that, she’s
an advocate for therapy. This event was sponsored by the counseling center in the student
service building. After the presentation, they made it apparent where they’re located and
they took a few moments to go over their confidentiality policy. They did their best to
talk about how everyone is welcome to come and they stressed that they’ll help with any
issue, big or small.

I thoroughly enjoyed this event. Hannah was such an inspirational individual and it was great to
interact with her. She told us about her experience with depression and anxiety growing
up, not for attention, but in hopes to connect with at least one other person. Hoping that
her stories about her life could save and or push someone else to attend therapy, as she
did. She wanted to get rid of the stereotypes of why people go to therapy, and how it
works. She made a usually uncomfortable conversation to have, be normalized. She made
such an interesting point by saying she apologized to anyone who’s had a bed therapy
experience, but there are bad therapists out there just like there are bad teachers, and bad
doctors. Hannah had conveyed her message effectively without getting too in depth about
her personal life.
I took away many important things from this presentation that I honestly didn’t expect to get. I
got that many people actually do go to therapy and that I shouldn’t be afraid to do so, and
that it will all go at my own pace. This presentation took away the stigma around therapy,
and how you’re not weak for going. Anyone can attend therapy, no matter what issues
you want to face. No one should feel guilty for going; you have the power to change your
life; you just have to put forth the effort to do so.
There aren’t many ways that I could think of to makes this event better, because it was both
enjoyable and informational. But, this event didn’t get the audience that it deserved.
There were maybe fifteen people there at the most (not including the counseling staff.) I
don’t think that they advertised this event to the extent that they could have. A women
had come to me about a week before the event and handed me a flyer and told me that I
should come. That’s the only reason I knew that it was even happening. The flyer that
was posted around campus didn’t draw my attention, like if it wasn’t handed directly to
me, I wouldn’t have even paid any attention to it. The colors were also very muted and
I’m not saying that they should have been really bright, but have more welcoming colors.
The colors they used did make it seem like this was just going to be a lecture. If they had
sent an email out about it, more people would have known about it.
My experience with this event was absolutely amazing nevertheless. This was the most relate-able
presentation that I’ve ever sat through. Even though not many people attended, I hope
that this presentation touched those who did attend as much as it touched me. As I have
struggled and still do struggle with depression and anxiety issues, this event gave me a
push closer to trying out therapy again, for I had a bad experience with it when I was
younger. This presentation has changed my point of view on therapy from being
relatively negative to having a more positive outlook on it.