The Times has an interesting article about British attitudes towards psychotherapy and some of the myths that abound about talking therapies.
The British have a prickly relationship with psychotherapy. Unlike Americans, who have embraced the benefits of “talking therapy”, we tend to view the profession with suspicion, citing stoicism as the best way to deal with trauma.
Even at the highest level, therapists are treated as potentially dangerous: there are plans by the government body, the Health Professions Council, to regulate therapists (a plan, say some of the 3,000 therapists opposed to this action, that could stifle their creativity and their relationships with their clients). Yet most of those who have entered into therapy are wildly enthusiastic about the process.