In fact, I have been seeing my therapist for a while now, and it has been such a rewarding process. Falling into a mild depression drove me to start therapy because I was in need of guidance on a few life-altering decisions. Nevertheless, therapy is not restricted to people who are depressed and/or have major problems. It is perfectly fine to see a therapist even when you are in a good place in life. They are trained professionals who know how to council you on all important aspects of your life such as personal and professional decisions, relationships, and self-development.
I was particularly motivated to see a therapist after an acquaintance of mine told me about her experience. She needed some help recovering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Her therapist treated her through something called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Pyschotherapy). EMDR Therapy is meant to treat PTSD from traumatic experiences such as military combat, physical assault, rape, or other trauma (www.webmd.com), and AEDP is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques (www.goodtherapy.org).
According to her stories, these techniques were so powerful that she gradually learned to let go of the hurt and anger caused by her trauma. Seeing such a positive change in her motivated me to do something about my anxiety too. Just like her, I was also in an extremely unhealthy relationship, and could not understand whether I should stay or leave. The problems from this relationship had gone unaddressed for so long that living in the toxicity became second nature for me.
I must confess that I was very hesitant to see a therapist initially; not because of some stigma attached to it, but because I genuinely did not think I needed it. After a lot of convincing from my big sister, I finally saw one. Eventually, the benefits of therapy started making complete sense to me. When talking to friends and family about my problems, they will always have some bias because they are emotionally invested in our relationship. On the contrary, my therapist does not know me or the individuals I talk about, so she has no personal gain in advising me. Her opinion and advice are completely objective, and that is why I continue to see her.
While I initially approached my therapy sessions with rigid formality and composure, I reached a breaking point during my fourth visit. I understood that any traumatic memories I have will always be there because I cannot go back in time and change anything. But my therapist’s goal is to desensitize me from those flashbacks so that those memories don’t bring me anxiety and anger. That fourth session was so enlightening and intense that I started to scream, curse, and bawl my eyes out for over one hour. Prior to that I never realized how poisonous my bottled-up emotions had been for years.
By nature, I am someone who does not like to cry in front of others because I do not want to be perceived as a victim. I was called a victim on a regular basis in that previously toxic relationship for so long that anytime I felt like crying, I told myself to ‘just get over it.’ But finally crying in front of someone helped me relieve the heavy burden I was carrying in my heart for so many years.
It really saddens me when people criticize therapy and/or underestimate mental health. I believe being in therapy should be normalized. Therapy has helped me tremendously not only in making huge life-altering decisions, but it has taught me to recognize my courage and how to deal with my professional and personal relationships.
Therapists are professionally trained in observing and treating human behaviors. They can identify negative patterns and cycles that we can’t. You just need to make sure you are matched with the right one. They are basically a life coach. I admit that counseling, therapy, and any type of “treatment” can be intimidating because you do not know what to expect or what you will hear. But once you open up, you will realize the benefits.
Today, I still see my therapist and plan on continuing my sessions for a long time. Every Saturday morning, I show up to my appointments with makeup fully done but leave with my mascara and eyeliner smeared all over my face from crying so much. But you know what? Crying to her has been extremely healing for me. The sessions are that one time per week where I let myself cry guilt-free. I am so thankful that I was matched with such an incredible and wise therapist; I sometimes wonder where I would be in my life if I had not started seeing her. She is one of the individuals I recognize and thank in my book’s acknowledgement page.
So, as we dedicate the month of May to raising awareness about mental health, let’s take the first step in helping ourselves and/or someone else. Please do not feel embarrassed or hesitant to see a therapist as part of maintaining your mental health. If you or anyone you know is falling into some sort depression or confusion about life, I strongly encourage you to seek help. If you want to know my therapist’s name, please feel free to email me at email@example.com and I would be happy to help.
Thanks for reading!
Inspiring and encouraging post!
Thanks Cuz!! 🙂
Very inspiring Swati
Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good
old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this
post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
Thanks for sharing!
Here is my blog post … Buy CBD
Thank you! I will def check out your blog post as well!
Great info. Lucky me I ran across your site by accident (stumbleupon).
I’ve book-marked it for later!
Thanks for stopping by! I’m in the process of updating it with new blog posts, events, photos, and updates on my book release. Stay tuned for more!
I think this is a real great article post. Much thanks again. Cool. Micky Ruprecht Doughty
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about 13 Reasons Why box set. Lorne Brock Roman
Fastidious replies in return of this question with solid arguments and explaining the whole thing about that. Loretta Burt Cherrita
I am sure this post has touched all the internet users, its really really good article on building up new blog. Ginelle Wyn Craddock
Good article. I am facing some of these issues as well.. Selle Skye Schaeffer
There is visibly a bundle to know about this. I assume you made various good points in features also. Tamiko Lamont Schalles
Only wanna comment that you have a very nice internet site , I enjoy the design and style it actually stands out. Juline Edouard Philis
Glad to be one of the visitants on this awing website :D. Cindelyn Anders Jennilee
I was looking through some of your articles on this site and I conceive this internet site is really informative! Keep on putting up. Lena Cori Gayla
Thanks for the useful post! I wouldnt have discovered this otherwise!
I am truly glad to read this website posts which includes lots of valuable information, thanks for providing such statistics. Oona Valle Chung
Say, you got a nice blog. Really looking forward to read more. Awesome. Loraine Wally Quartet
You should be a part of a contest for one of the finest blogs on the internet. Brita Say Yvon
This paragraph is genuinely a pleasant one it helps new net visitors, who are wishing in favor of blogging. Biddy Augustus Harolda
What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable familiarity about unexpected feelings. Annnora Clayson Meunier
Those are yours alright! . We at least need to get these people stealing images to start blogging! They probably just did a image search and grabbed them. They look good though!
I really like your blog! Just wanted to write something.
I really wanted to make a small comment in order to say thanks to you for all the unique information you are placing here. My time-consuming internet investigation has now been paid with professional content to write about with my friends. I would admit that most of us visitors actually are really fortunate to live in a decent community with many wonderful individuals with useful secrets. I feel extremely lucky to have encountered your entire webpage and look forward to tons of more thrilling moments reading here. Thank you again for everything. Kiri Berkie Elke
Hi there. I found your site by means of Google at the same time as looking for a related matter, your website got here up. It appears to be great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks to visit then. Cathryn Desi Rellia
I believe you have remarked some very interesting details, regards for the post. Deidre Chaunce Gerrit
To be sure with your thoughts here and I like your website! I’ve bookmarked it so that I will go back & read more sometime soon.
Thank you for this very useful information. I found it quite interesting. Will definately keep close track of these pages. Great blog post. Youve gained a totally new reader. Please continue this awesome work and I anticipate see more of your superb articles. Thanks a great deal!
Awesome post. I am a regular visitor of your site and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the nice site. I will be a frequent visitor for a really long time. Cassandre Holt Diego