Although many people experience psychological problems over their lifetime, not everyone seeks treatment. Not everyone is willing to get psychotherapy for problems they experience. More women than men get psychotherapy, and people who are more educated and who have medical insurance are also more likely to seek treatment.
People may not seek treatment even if they feel they need it. Common barriers to getting treatment are:
Modern psychotherapy is based on individualistic values, and many researchers have argued that such therapy may not be readily applied to ethnic minorities in the United States. Ethnic and cultural minorities may face several barriers to receiving psychotherapy:
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