Alright y’all, I’m about to get really real with you.
I LOVE going to therapy! Seriously. Therapy is the BEST!
I started going to therapy in December 2017. I had talked about it for months but unfortunately it took my life imploding to get me there. Everything happens for a reason though right? Fast forward to today, a day I actually went to therapy, & I am so glad I started. I look forward to going every single week, whether I have a stressful week or not.
Now, let me tell you alllll about it. 🙂
What I Talk About In Therapy
If you know me on a personal level, you’re my friend, you’re my family, I’ve talked about you in therapy. 🙂 I talk about my life, my work, my family, my friends, my week, & sometimes I even go off on political rants. Now just because my therapist knows your name & relation to me, doesn’t mean it’s all bad. If you think it’s all bad maybe you should think about that, 🙂 . I usually recap the events of the previous week with my therapist. If I had anything dramatic happen, anything good happen, really just, anything. On a couple of occasions I’ve gone in not knowing what I was going to talk to her about because the previous week didn’t have anything too eventful happen. Then, once I got in the room, we will end up spending the entire hour talking about something I didn’t even have at the front of my mind, but was apparently there all along.
What Is Therapy Really Like
Therapy sounds great right?! You’re probably wanting more details though…so, here they are. I arrive at a business office & my therapist comes out to get me. We go back to her office which has nice lighting, a couch for me, a chair for her, a bench, a bookshelf & a desk. The very first thing that happens is payment. The very first session was a little different where I had to sign contracts & fill out some questions about why I was in therapy. Once payment is out of the way, I just start talking. My therapist is around my age, she gets my work, she understands my struggles, she doesn’t judge & she really listens. I know, that’s what she’s paid to do but I can tell she’s engaged in what I’m telling her. She will interject throughout the session, & she has on multiple occasions made me realize things that were right in front of me but yet I was blind to. I love her.
HOW Did I Find My Therapist
A friend of mine had been going to therapy for awhile & she sent me the link to www.psychologytoday.com. Guys. USE IT! You can search for therapists in your area. It tells you what kind of techniques they practice, if they take insurance/do a sliding scale, where they went to school, where they work, AND it shows you their picture. So you can see who you are going to be talking to. I actually called my therapists boss to see her, but she wasn’t accepting any new clients at the time & recommended my therapist who was an intern at the time. She said I could go to her once & if it didn’t work out she would help me find someone else. The perk of seeing an intern guys-they are much cheaper, like $100+ a week cheaper.
So, I went to meet my therapist, I instantly clicked with her, but the down side of seeing an intern is-they have to get a permanent job after they graduate. PRAISE BE my therapist got hired on full time at the practice I was seeing her at. HALLELUJAH! I was so nervous I’d have to start over with someone new + sell a kidney to afford therapy each week. The only bummer was between graduation & her official paperwork going through the government, she couldn’t see me. So I went from April 30 to August 7th not being able to see her. No lies, there were multiple times over the summer I told Scot “I miss my therapist” or even him saying “You need to see your therapist” (he wasn’t wrong). I had three big things to talk to her about by the time August rolled around. Since I had started seeing her before she graduated she grandfathered me in at the
“intern rate” I had been paying. Remember I mentioned how I love her? Yeah I really do.
Since I Started Therapy I…
*love myself a whole lot more
*am much more in tune with my emotions
*have gained confidence
*tell Scot absolutely every single thing-seriously the poor guy. I don’t hold a single thing back.
*have cut ties with toxic people
*am more self reflective
I truly 100% believe every single person should be in therapy. The benefits to having a complete stranger, someone completely removed from your life, listening to you for an hour each week & not judging you (at least not to your face 😉 ) are endless. I seriously spent one session just talking/venting about social media. Having my therapist to go to each week is such a huge stress reliever. I know that whatever I am going through, I am going to have her to talk to every Monday afternoon.
I am by no means an expert but if you have any questions, feel free to ask them! I’m an open book when it comes to my experience! If you’ve been thinking about seeing a therapist, I cannot endorse it enough. Know that you are worth investing in & the return will 100% be worth it!