Our ambassadors are an amazing group of girls with so many different hobbies, interests, and experiences. They are always so willing to share things they have gone through, in the hope they can make someone else’s experience that little bit easier. Today, Chloe shares some of the things she wishes she knew before starting therapy…
Your first therapist might not be the right one and that’s okay – I spent a lot of time with one therapist who I wasn’t very suited to because I thought once I started I couldn’t change to a different therapist. I knew it wasn’t right for me but I felt that if I found a new therapist all my progress would be lost. I felt a lot of pressure to “stick it out”, but changing therapists was the best decision I ever made! If it doesn’t feel right to you, you owe it to yourself to find a therapist that works for you.
It’s not a quick fix – this was the hardest thing for me to accept, I thought once I started therapy things would start to improve straight away. It’s a long road and it’s hard work. It might be a while before you start to see any changes and it can be really frustrating but once you start to see even the smallest of changes you’ll be so thankful you kept with it.
You gotta work – another hard thing for me to accept. I didn’t realise that therapy would actually be hard work. Your therapist is there to help you and guide you but you have to put the time and effort into working on yourself. Sometimes it’s really hard and frustrating and there have been times when I felt like giving up. I just keep reminding myself of the little wins and that it will all be worth it.
Do your research – I jumped straight into therapy with very little understanding of any of it. I didn’t realise there were different types of therapy and that different therapists specialised in different areas. I could have saved myself a lot of time (and money) if I did some research into what was best for me and my problems. I’m no expert but there are many resources out there that explain the different types.
Remind yourself why you’re doing it – I’ve mentioned it a few times already but sometimes therapy can be hard and it can be frustrating and I find in these moments it is really helpful to remind myself why I’m there and why I’m doing it can help me get through those difficult moments.
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