The Truth About Therapy: My Experience

*Disclaimer: I am working with BetterHelp to write this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I want to spread awareness on affordable, online therapy options*

Therapy is usually used to help treat mental or psychological disorders. It can also be used to help people through a hard time in their life. Therapy isn’t for everybody but I do recommend it. I think it can be very beneficial.

There are many different types of therapy. There is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), talk therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to name a few. Each has their own way of helping the individual client. I personally have tried all three and can say I prefer CBT and DBT because they have taught me how to change my dysfunctional thinking.

Now onto my experience with therapy.

I first started therapy when I was 13. I was in middle school. My parents were having a rough patch and so we went to family therapy and my brother, sister, and I each went into individual therapy. I don’t remember much of what we talked about or how I felt during that time. I do remember that I didn’t talk much and I didn’t really have friends so my therapist wanted me to join a social group. I didn’t want to go, though. I also remember my therapist giving me toys and sand to play with during our sessions. Everything was always sticky in her office so I never wanted to play with anything.

The next time I tried therapy was my sophomore year of college. I went to a counselor at my college’s counseling center. I had to call early in the morning to schedule a same day appointment. The whole appointment took about 90 minutes because I needed to fill out paperwork for the first 30 minutes. Then a counselor led me back to an office with a couch. We talked, I felt like I had to prove myself to her though. So I didn’t really enjoy the experience. But she was able to give me resources to join an outside therapy group. Finding the right therapist for you is important. I don’t know about you but I need someone who is patient and understanding or else I won’t want to talk.

My junior year of college was when I started to go to therapy regularly. I meet with a counselor in person for about three months. It was difficult for me to talk to my therapist at first. Instead of talking I would just cry during the entire session. We would “talk” by writing things to each other. That was one way we overcame my constant crying. I liked my therapist but I just wasn’t quite ready to open up yet.  Side note: I found my therapist in my college town by talking to a school counselor and getting referred. I went online and looked at my options for therapy groups. I then looked up the different counselors on my insurance website and found the ones I could go to. I always look at the resources that my school gives me. They can prove to be super useful.

The first time I tried Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy was in a partial hospitalization program. We had classes that helped teach us effective and proper ways to manage our mental health. I found them to be really informative and I am glad I went. I even took notes and now I look back on them when I feel I need a refresher. I also took part in group therapy every morning for the weeks I was there. We would ask questions to the other group members and get feedback on how they dealt with a certain problem or situation. It was nice to know that other people were going through similar hardships as me.

There are so many different types of therapy. There is honestly something for everyone. I know therapy is not for everyone but I do recommend giving it a try. I have definitely benefited from going. If you want to try an affordable, online option you can try out BetterHelp. You can click here to go to their website to learn more. I think what BetterHelp is doing is really great. I have tried a free week of therapy from them and it honestly makes me want to start-up therapy again. I liked having the option of messaging my counselor at anytime and the possibility of video chatting as well.

(If the link does not work here is the URL https://www.betterhelp.com/start/ )

Thanks for reading!

 

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