My Personal Experience with a Therapist.
Therapy. The idea was quite daunting to me; confiding in a complete stranger made my social anxiety meter rage with fear. When things started to spiral out of control (or so I thought), I was desperate to try anything.
It was one of the greatest decisions I ever made.
She has helped me in an abundance of extraordinary ways. She has helped me make connections between my thoughts and reality. She always knows exactly the right questions to ask. She really seeks to understand, and challenges my thought processes. She opens my eyes to new perspectives, and provides me with valuable insights. She has made a significant impact on my life, and I am internally grateful for her guidance and support.
Keep in mind – sometimes finding a therapist, that is right or you, can be a bit of trial and error. You have to find someone you can trust wholeheartedly, and feel comfortable enough to fully open up to and allow yourself to be vulnerable with.
I understand that there may be financial constraints that may hinder your ability to access this type of resource or service (which is a big part of why I created this blog – a project that will hopefully come to light in the next couple of months, so stay tuned), but there is are many organizations that help connect you with “non-profit support services”. Just do a quick google search of the Mental Health Association or Organizations in your location! Hospital websites also provide information about available services that are located in their district. I will also list a few websites at the end of this Post.
Here are a list of common questions I had when I was debating
seeking help from a therapist.
WHY should I seek help from a Therapist?
- You’re experiencing unexpected mood swings
- You’re undergoing a big change.
- You’re having harmful thoughts.
- You’re withdrawing from things that used to bring you joy.
- You’re feeling isolated or alone.
- You’re using a substance to cope with issues in your life.
- You suspect you might have a serious mental health condition.
- You feel like you’ve lost control.
- Your relationships feel strained
- Your sleeping patterns are off.
- You just feel like you need to talk to someone
WHAT can therapy help me with?
Therapy helps individuals, couples, and families address personal difficulties by allowing you to talk openly and confidentially about concerns and feelings with a trained professional.
Therapy may be useful if:
- You’re facing situations causing you stress, anxiety and upset.
- You are experiencing intense or uncomfortable feelings such as anger, sadness, fear, frustration and depression.
- You are behaving in ways that don’t fit your normal pattern, don’t serve your needs, or are problematic to you or others.
- You are thinking thoughts that are peculiar, hard to understand, out-of-control or disturbing.
- You’ve experienced a traumatic event, such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, a serious accident or a criminal injury.
- You are dealing with a relationship issue or family conflict.
- You’re going through a difficult life transition, such as the death of a loved one, a life-threatening illness, divorce, separation, or a mid-life crisis.
- You are challenged by family issues, such as parenting, child-rearing, adolescence, and aging parents.
- You need help with an addiction such as smoking, alcohol, drugs, sex or gambling.
- You have an eating disorder.
- You are facing difficulties with matters of gender identity, sexual orientation, racism and oppression.
- You wish to explore spiritual issues, questions of meaning or matters of faithCredit: Psychotherapy Ontario
HOW can therapy help me?
- Understand your mental health condition
- Define and reach wellness goals
- Overcome fears or insecurities
- Cope with stress
- Make sense of past traumatic experiences
- Separate your true personality from the moods caused by your condition
- Identify triggers that may worsen your symptoms
- Improve relationships with family and friends
- Establish a stable, dependable routine
- Develop a plan for coping with crises
- Understand why things bother you and what you can do about them
- End destructive habits such as drinking, using drugs, overspending or unhealthy sex
WHO provides Therapy or Counselling?
Many kinds of mental health specialists may provide talk therapy. Some common professionals include:
- Psychiatrists (MD)
- Psychologists (PhD, PsyD, EdD, MS)
- Social workers (DSW, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, CCSW)
- Counselors (MA, MS, LMFT, LCPC)
- Psychiatric nurses (APRN, PMHN).
Your ability to talk honestly and openly with your therapist, set
clear goals and make real progress are the most important things. Think
of your relationship with your therapist as a partnership. The two
of you will work together to help you feel better. You do not need
to feel ashamed or embarrassed about talking openly
and honestly about your feelings and concerns.
HOW do I get the most of my Therapy?
When you first begin therapy, make a list of the things that are bothering you and the issues you would like help with. Bring it with you to your first appointment. You might include:
- Issues in your family or other relationships
- Symptoms like changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Anger, anxiety, irritability or troubling feelings
- Thoughts of hurting yourself