so I took the first step

and went to see a crisis counselor today

i hope this is a step in the right direction

have an appointment scheduled for next wednesday

when you hold your tongue for so long, sometimes it feels good to say something
I tried holding my tongue once, but it’s so squishy and ugh…

Way to lighten the mood
it seems that many of the problems I’m having may be genetic on my moms side…

unbenounced to me of course
I’m starting another round of psych counseling next week too.
i’ve never done anything like this before

what’s it like?
The most suited for survival and overall fitness are those who adapt to the environment effectively. We’re intellectual and social in nature, thus, finding answers in that way through counseling and medical treatment are "signs of strength"

Great job Peanut and BJ.

i’ve never done anything like this before

what’s it like?

Well first off, when you go in, ask them questions. Write down a list of the most important questions you’d like to know about the counseling process. Some examples are:

1: What is your specialty as a counselor? ADHD? OCD? Depression?
2: Where did you attend school, and why did you end this field?
3: How much experience do you have working with a case dealing with my symptoms and my situation?
4: Is everything we talk about going to stay between you and I?
5: What are the financial issues I should be aware of while receiving counseling?
6: May I attend counseling weekly?
7: What type of therapy do you use primarily to treat patients? Reality? Psychoanalysis? Family? Cognitive Behavior?
8: Give me a good reason I should work with you over someone else, what do you have to offer me (or think you can offer) during the process of counseling?
9: Will I be responsible for how I improve in recovery or will I really receive ideas and some suggestions from you? I assume you’ll know when to advise and when to listen?
10: I want to recover, and I realize it’s a process and will take patience on my part, will you be able to help me through that?

Those are some ideas. The first session will be and should be an introduction learning the basics about the therapist and their methods of care and cost, as well as learning about what brought you to therapy — nothing deep of course — just the root basics, such as depression, stress, anxiety etc.

Then after that if you wish to continue with that counselor — you can stop at any time and can see someone else if you like — you would then begin moving into the treatment phase of therapy, which is the counselor will work with you — based on the information you reveal to her. She will likely analyze information quietly as you speak, he may take notes to help him connect information as you speak. Nothing is kept secret, if you wish to see the notes you can, if you feel uncomfortable, be vocal. Talk about the goals you wish to achieve in counseling, what you would like to make happen.

Having goals in therapy is key to achieving them, otherwise patients are often aimless. Sometimes being aimless is ok, but I think a combination of goals and occasion aimlessness is best for the overall process. The process is messy, not rigor or systematic. It’s a human process, not mechanical as thought a machine were being repaired. So patience is key.

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