During the first lockdown I was having a really hard time and decided it was high time I saw a therapist.
BEST THING I EVER DID
I’ll start by saying this, everyone should see a therapist at least once in their life. If you can go to the GP for a common cold which we all have at some point in our lives, why not go see someone who will help you with your prolonged sadness?
A friend had recommended a website to me that helps find therapists in your city (look out for this at the end of the blog). My first call was nervous wracking, this was my first ever real private therapist, I was both excited and nervous. Excited because I finally found someone I felt would help me figure out what’s going on in my head, nervous because well…it was new, what will I find out? I’m I willing to be THAT open with a stranger? I had so many questions.
As we’ve been going through a pandemic I noticed certain changes in me and I had talked and thought about therapy, me being a mental health blogger I had never gone private with a therapist, we had a discussion and agreed I see one. My first call was online through Skype, and I remember just being open. Why therapy? Why now? Due to the pandemic, I felt I had lost everything in the blink of an eye. I told myself that for me to feel better and get passed this I had to be honest and tell her (the therapist) everything and I can wholeheartedly say it was the best decision I ever made. I was open, I talked about how anxious I felt, how down I felt, how alone I felt, the crying spells etc.
I thankfully only ended up needing three sessions, would I ever do it again? Of course, life is unpredictable anything can happen. Some people need 1 session some people need it the entire life and that’s okay. There’s no measurement on health as long as it’s being taken care of it doesn’t matter because health is wealth. If you don’t have health you don’t have anything, your brain is the most important organ in your body and needs to be well taken care of at all costs.
It takes time to find a good therapist, Psychology Today was recommended to me and I found the perfect one. I browsed through so many different profiles, brought it down to 5 and picked one that I felt best suited me, again, best thing I ever did for myself.
It’s okay to be sad but if you feel you have prolonged sadness, its very well best to see someone, the website I have suggested gives you private mental health professionals but if you can’t afford it, you can do it through the NHS for free and they can allocate you to a counsellor too.
Would you ever consider therapy?