One thing I have always wanted to achieve with this blog is to help others. I’ve openly discussed mental health since the very beginning because I don’t think anyone should feel like they can’t talk about or share their story. Recently a new chapter began in my mental health story, I started having therapy.
I hadn’t originally intended to write blog posts about having therapy, but the response to my first therapy blog post was so positive that I thought I’d write an update on how I’m getting on with it all. For many of you, this could be the most pointless and boring blog post you’ve ever read, but some of you may find reassurance within my experiences, so stick with it, don’t click away just yet. Here are my thoughts after one month of therapy.
I’ll get straight to the point, at first the thought of talking to a complete stranger about my life was terrifying, but once I started talking, I didn’t stop. My 50 minute appointments whizz by in a blur of chatting, crying, and even giggling at times.
As the weeks have gone by, I’ve found myself chatting about everything and anything, not just my past, but my present also. My therapist is fantastic, her professional perspective bodes well with her friendly nature and her ability to make me look at things from a different angle has been hugely beneficial.
I never walk into that room knowing what I want to discuss, I just sit and talk and before I know it I’m processing emotions and feelings I’ve buried for years. I know that no amount of therapy will ever entirely eradicate my mental health difficulties, but talking to someone professional who offers solace and coping strategies is definitely something that I would recommend to those suffering from depression, anxiety and/or other related mental health difficulties. It may seem daunting at first, but I truly believe that for most, it will have a positive impact on your wellbeing.
Therapy doesn’t eradicate mental health difficulties, but what it does do is allow you to talk openly, without fear or judgment. In just four short weeks, I’ve managed to acknowledge my anxiety, its triggers, how I display it and what I need to do to try and ease its presence in my day-to-day life, and on the most part, I’ve done that all on my own, gently prompted by my therapist. That’s what I love about therapy, it’s not about alternative techniques or holistic approaches, it’s about acknowledgment, processing and moving forward. I’m not quite at the moving forward stage yet, but I feel like I’ve made progress, I’ve acknowledged what I should have acknowledged years ago and I’ve begun to make peace with what I cannot change.
It’s not going to be easy, but moving forward is a mission I am determined to complete. I’m so pleased that I pursued therapy, it’s not for everyone, but if you haven’t tried it yet, don’t rule it out. I think the best thing to do is to attend therapy with no expectations or assumptions and see what you gain from it. I’m pleased to say that my therapy experience so far has been positive, but it has been different to what I imagined.
If you have any specific questions about therapy or mental health difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.