I recently ran across this article on BuzzFeed: 29 Things No One Ever Tells You About Being In Therapy. I pretty much love the articles BuzzFeed writes on mental health because they’re clever, helpful and fun. And let’s face it: most of us mental health professionals wouldn’t be described as “fun.” Sad, but true.
Anyway, this article was particularly great because the 29 Things were provided by readers. Here are a couple of my faves:
#3: It might take a sec to find the right therapist
#4: Even when you do, it might take some time to connect
I also liked:
#13: Sometimes your therapist will piss you off
…I might add that if your therapist doesn’t piss you off (or bug you, or something something that doesn’t sit right with you) then you probably aren’t getting as much out of therapy as you could. Change is uncomfortable.
I also really liked the last one:
#29: Needing to go back to therapy – or stay in it for a while – isn’t failing
This is so true. Not many people know that going back to therapy after taking a break can be hugely beneficial. I have lots of folks in my practice who come for a while; take a break for a while; come back for a while to work on something else, and so on.
To see all 29, check out the full article here.