Therapy is like going to Bunnings

It’s such a relatable analogy that we hope will help people find the courage to ask for help.

Not understanding the connection?

Well, when you’re doing a DIY project at home and you hit a snag (pardon the pun) or need some tools or advice to get the job done, you go Bunnings and ask the staff for help. Therapy is just like that…

The staff at Bunnings are very knowledgeable and helpful on all things DIY, and Psychologists and Social Workers are the same when it comes to all things mental health.

Life is like a series of ongoing DIY projects, and you won’t always know what tools to use or how to navigate unplanned hurdles, and that is what Mental Health workers are here for. They are the Bunnings workers of life; their knowledge of issues and strategies is abundant.

Just like there is no shame in asking for help at Bunnings, there is no shame in asking for help in life.

To take the fear out of the unknown of therapy, we’ve created a guide of what you might expect from a one-on-one session:

  • It starts with a casual conversation…
  • Your therapist will want to get to know you, so you may be asked how you are, what you do, where you’re from, what you did on the weekend, or any other casual questions that may give them some insight into who you are and what you like;
  • Your therapist may give you some insight into who they are and what they like so you can build a rapport with them;
  • Your therapist will aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible, and, in a safe and non-judgmental space, ask you what it is that has brought you to see them;
  • Your therapist will listen, and recommend some strategies to help you navigate the situation(s) you’ve spoken about;
  • You will be asked for a follow-up appointment to see how you’re going adopting the strategies, and if they are helping;
  • This process will be repeated for as long as you and your therapist need.

Understandably, it might seem a bit daunting to seek help from a mental health worker, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t, and, isn’t the thought of struggling through life without getting a little guidance and support even more daunting?

If you or a loved one are experiencing mental health problems, you don’t have to do it alone. Help is here; asking for it is the hardest part.

For more relatable analogies on mental health, listen to our podcast episode with Joseph Fleming, our Social Worker, talking about men’s health: Direction Psychology Podcast