In March 2021, at 38 years old, I had my first-ever therapy appointment.
Last week was World Mental Health Day and though I've spoken privately to a few friends about the process thus far, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to simply say, publicly:
As the saying goes:
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
I had been silently struggling for a few years with how to cope with an assortment of issues I'd been dealing with. A close friend had periodically encouraged me to talk to someone but I had never tried therapy before and I was afraid, embarrassed, anxious, and frankly, just not ready.
And that's the thing.
You can't do it until you're ready.
But after feeling like complete shit over a particularly tough weekend this past spring, I decided that MY WAY just wasn't working anymore -- and I felt ready to reach out and actually get some help on detangling a zillion things.
I researched several online platforms and eventually decided to try the free trial at BetterHelp. After a little trial & error, I was matched with an awesome counselor. We meet virtually a few times a month, and we've also done worksheets, journaling, and more. I am already seeing improvement in my life and I know that it is one of the best things I could have done for myself.
⚡️☔️ Something my therapist likes to remind me is that every storm eventually ends. ☔️⚡️
I am not a counselor, but you can DM me w/ any questions about my newbie journey through therapy, or about my experience w/ BetterHelp, or just to chat.
Social media isn’t real.
We are all dealing with our own shit, and you’re not alone.
So even if you’re not ready, and are still silently struggling like I was for years — I’m sending you love & support, and letting you know that it was so much easier and more helpful than I expected.
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