This is a journey. These are five things you need to know about taking it.
- Understand there’s nothing to be ashamed of. People commonly stigmatize going to therapy for people who have problems. Problems are stigmatized as being bad. Everyone has problems. Some of them are more severe than others. Some problems are deep and hidden. People can experience problems early in life or people can experience problems late in life. Often, people aren’t even aware of what their problems are. Choosing to work with a therapist, or going to treatment where you will be working with an individual therapist, is not shameful. It simply means you’re having a problem which you need help sorting out. When you remove the stigma, what you really have is someone recognizing their need for help and seeking it. In any other situation, this is considered admirable and courageous, not shameful.
- Your Therapy Will Be Different From Others. Each person is different with their own unique pathology, their own set of experiences, quirks, and issues. How your therapist works with you will be different from how they work with others. Do not to focus on how different you are or what kind of work you are doing with your therapist. Instead, focus on the help you are receiving and the healing you are working toward.
- Therapy Doesn’t Have A Time Limit. Your therapist will be the one to determine when you are done with therapy. Most therapy is goal oriented, while other forms of therapy discover goals as they go along. Rather than create a time limit on your therapy, be open to investing as much time as you need to heal.
- Working With A Therapist Can Be Hard Work. Talking seems like a simple task until you start talking about your feelings, opinions, and experiences you haven’t talked about with anyone else. The right therapist will lead you to doing the work instead of doing the work for you.
- Self-Care Is An Important Supplement To Therapy. When you are in treatment, your therapy sessions will be scheduled for you in a balanced way that allows you to be supported by other group therapy sessions in between. Once you are on your own and seeing your own therapist outside of treatment, you will have to balance your schedule yourself. Creating time for self-care is an effective way to make sure you’re supporting yourself while you’re adventuring through emotional exploration.
If you are ready to walk the path of recovery, Aurora Recovery Centre is here to light the way. Let our residential treatment programs for dual diagnosis substance use and mental health disorders be your guide. For information, call 844-515-STOP.