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What has helped me in dealing? Part 2

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Greetings. Thanks to those of you who reached out and gave me your feedback and testimonies regarding my latest post about my experiences using medication for anxiety treatment. It’s something that I’ve struggled with accepting so it felt good to know that others have had similar paths to mine. Today, I’m going to discuss another method that I have utilized on my journey through battling anxiety.


Like I stated last week, there is a certain image that comes to mind when people think of counseling. They think of sitting on a couch while a therapist dives into their head to analyze how past experiences have shaped the feelings and shortcomings they have today. I too shared this misconception and was likewise averse to using therapy to help treat my anxiety.

I’m happy to say that I finally broke through this aversion to therapy and decided to see a counselor for the first time a few years ago. It was nothing like what I had thought it was going to be. The first appointment I spent about the first 30 minutes filling out various questionaires about how i was feeling RIGHT THEN. There was very little that was asked about my distant past. We were dealing with the present and how it could shape my future. The rest of that session was spent getting to know one another. My counselor wanted to get to know my story and my concerns. She also wanted to know what I wanted to get out of therapy.

After our initial visit, we would meet about once per week to discuss the stresses in my life and how I could manage my emotions to be proactive instead of reactive. She taught me the importance of being able to walk away from a stressful intense situation and revisit it once I had simmered down (a tactic I am still working on to this day). I spent 6 weeks visiting with this therapist and am happy to say it had a positive effect on how I have approached my emotions.

What I learned

Do you have any preconceptions about counseling/therapy? Have you had any experiences, positive or negative? What have you learned from attending therapy? All are questions that I’d love to hear other peoples answers to. I’m thankful that I was able to get over myself and finally see a counselor. It laid a foundation to how I deal with my own issues to this day and into the future. Perhaps my only regret in my journey with anxiety is that I did not attend counseling sooner. I would’ve liked to try a few months of counseling before I resorted to medications. But I’m happy to say that they are not mutually exclusive. I am feeling very comfortable using both medication and the tactics I learned in counseling.

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