Today I went to see my therapist; it was the third time this week.
That’s a new record for me, not that I’m bragging (lol). I’m also not ashamed of it either. After I tried to attempt to take my own life just 7 days ago I’m pretty sure it’s probably more of a necessity than anything else at this point as I try and deal with the traumatic aftermath of events last weekend and the uncertainty of how to move forward without letting my illness win.
I am BEYOND blessed to have found my therapist 5 years ago after several years of struggling to find the right fit for me. I know that this is not uncommon and that most people need to try out a few different therapists before they are able to find the one that feels right for them. Trust me, I know it can be a very trying and lonely process.
Before I got sick I’d never even been to therapy, but have since become a HUGE advocate for it. I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy at one time or another in our lives and although a therapist may not always give you all the answers you are looking for, a good therapist will always help you find them.
But you have to be ready to commit to setting aside the time and energy needed to invest in therapy and you have to be ready for whatever may come from talking about difficult things.
A gentle reminder…It’s okay to ask for help and although medication can help to reduce some symptoms of mental health conditions for many, the added benefits of therapy will go alot further in gaining insight into or help you to address some hidden causes of your illness that you never knew were there, instead of just masking them.
For me, going to therapy every week is a really big part of my self-care. I know I am safe when I am speaking with my therapist and that I can share anything with her without feeling judged or stigmatized.
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