Would this be a tough decision? Have you prepared yourself?
Presently, I still require individual therapy from my therapist, for she has been the most successful in tackling the secrets and hurts that I’ve been holding onto for so many years. I remain needy to be heard and reassurance from her, so I will continue on for now, and for me at this moment, it’s distressing to consider parting ways, but I recognize that day will come and I will have to prepare myself for it.
How gruelling therapy is in the first place, and yet to be so secure with a stranger, to trust and disclose your most private inner thoughts, secrets, feelings and emotions; a person who listened to you when no one else does or ever did, never criticized, nor judged and was actually absorbed in what you had to say. It’s a reassuring relationship.
Many people with mental illness, for my depression and PTSD, seldom had encouragement or validation throughout the years, believing they or their lives weren’t important enough to be heard.
Now this person is looking at ME, asking ME how I’m feeling, and listening to my response. She’s believing my trauma, how tough it’s been throughout my life, and most of all validating my emotions.
Some would argue we pay for this service, yes we do, however, to overcome problems with relationships, perhaps your job and improve mental health we have to seek professional help. Do you believe it would be difficult to leave?
When therapy is coming to an end, it’s been recommended to discuss it a few sessions beforehand.
Written and copyrighted by Deb McCarthy 2017
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