This week I am talking about my experience going to a therapist! I have talked to people over the years about therapy, and seen different experiences and results. The main issues are cost and finding a therapist that really gets you. This can be very difficult if you are under real stress and really need someone experienced to help you.
I found my therapist by doing a lot of research. A good method is to pick a few and go to them for a session. Some places also do taster sessions so you can get to know someone and decide they are right for you.
I liked mine as she made therapy very relaxed and interesting. She brought up studies that would apply to me – almost giving me homework and the initiative to research for myself. I had a cup of tea if I wanted, and a nice quiet relaxed room.
It can be very nerve-wracking opening up for the first time. My therapist was really good in letting me talk when I needed to talk, and asking me probing questions to get me past my stock answers to the nitty gritty. It was funny every time I showed up and she asked how I was I said ‘fine’ which I obviously wasn’t but it’s something we are programmed in to say. However after a few well placed questions we were easily down to the real issues.
I saw my therapist after each burnout, and each time we got more and more into why I burnt out and got deeper into issues and preventing it from happening again. I only maybe had three or four sessions, but these gave me the tools I needed to work on myself and make some major life choices (including quitting retail and following my dreams).
I recommend therapy to everyone. It really does help. Myself and my husband are passionate about mental health, especially in men, and when I heard that one of my friends when to therapy and he found it really interesting, I was so happy to hear. It can be hard for anyone to talk to a stranger about deeply personal issues, but it really helps release a lot and gets you out of your head.
You may think it’s going to be a cliche, or that you dont need it, but I definitely think it is for everyone, with varying degrees. You might only need a session here or there to keep yourself right, or you may need a few intensive sessions to get yourself back on track or to tackle some deeper issues so you can work through them. Either way, I hope you do get to experience it once in your life and see how it works for you. It has helped so many people as qualified therapists tackle their issues and make them see a better way of life!
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