“More acceptable to talk about emotional problems than it was in the past”

Major Shift in Attitudes Towards Therapy and Psychotherapy Counselling

An article in the Guardian quoting results from the  British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), discusses a serious relaxation of the man and woman in the street’s view towards therapy/psychotherapy.

“The current survey found that 94% of people now consider it acceptable to have counselling and psychotherapy for anxiety and depression, compared with just 67% in 2004. Similarly, public acceptability of therapy for divorce or relationship breakdown has risen from 52% to 85% over the past six years”. That is a major change in such a relatively short time.

Interestingly, the Guardian goes on “The survey found that 88% of people believe that counselling and psychotherapy should be available to all on the NHS, compared with 68% who share similar views towards IVF treatment. More than nine out of 10 believe that it is more acceptable to talk about emotional problems than it was in the past”.

Although the BACP suggests that the number of people who experience or see other people experience the need for some therapy is the reason for the change in attitudes towards effective treatment, it’s possible to wonder if that’s the only reason.  Has the way that the arts and the media is dealing with these issues affected this remarkable and quick shift in opinions?