Thinking of starting therapy

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Mamallama
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Thinking of starting therapy

Post by Mamallama » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:24 am

I am thinking of starting therapy and going privately but I don’t know if I am ready, I don’t know what I’m lookIng for.

Have you had therapy? Did it help? How many sessions did you have? Was it enough? What model did the therapist use? How long were you in therapy for?

If possible can you PM me for a discussion around this.

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Re: Thinking of starting therapy

Post by Harmony » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:21 pm

Dear mamallama,

We don't have pm at isurvive. So I will tell you what finally worked for me after years of false starts. I found a trauma therapist. Mine was a therapist that had been successful for one of my acquaintances who healed her csa. She recommended him and it was worth it. It is not just x number of sessions. Abuse takes time to heal. Do find someone who won't waste your visits. My therapist worked with a timeline of my life. Others do it differently. I found a private group later that helped. I later learned from helpful DBT classes that helped manage some of my PTSD symptoms. This is so individual and you can't rush it.

sending support in finding the right T,
Harmony

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Re: Thinking of starting therapy

Post by Obscure Reference » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:20 am

I’ve been in therapy for about ten years now. My therapist uses cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s made me a completely different person. There isn’t really an end date or amount of sessions that’s possible to give. It’s for as long as you need it and the longer you go, the more effective it will be. It’s hard work. A therapist can only guide you and listen and offer advice. If you don’t put effort in, you won’t get anything out of it. I do highly recommend trying it for at least a few sessions. Give it a chance for your own sake. Don’t let the abuse win. You own your mind.
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