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Therapy Shaming in Couples Counseling

Therapy Shaming Is it too early to get couples counseling? No. Couples counseling isn’t just for people who have been together for years and years. You can go into counseling when you’re having problems with your partner within a period of months. It depends on the relationship, and there’s no right answer as to when you’re supposed to be in therapy with your partner. Every relationship is different, and every connection is unique. Some relationships are instant connections. You might meet someone and hit it off right away. You bond, talk for hours on the phone and find that you’re symbiotic. That’s a beautiful beginning. Then, down the line, you begin to notice differences between the two of you. There are things that make the relationship strained, and you can’t seem to work the issues out. That’s where therapy can help. Making it work When a relationship is important to me, I want to make it work. There have been instances where I've been in intimate relationships, and there have been problems. I'm a huge believer in therapy, so I believed that even though we were in the new stages of things, couples counseling could help us. Unfortunately, I never [...]

By |May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Therapy Shaming in Couples Counseling

I require my therapist to care about me and respect my humanity

What do I want in a therapist? I don’t know what I want in a therapist. When I first started therapy, I had no idea what to expect. My therapist was an older woman, and I’ve mentioned her before on this blog; she was kind, and she listened more than she talked. At the time, that’s what I needed, because there were a lot of thoughts racing through my brain that I couldn’t sort through them. I benefited from therapy, but another thing is that I needed some guidance, and I felt like she didn’t give me as much guidance as I would’ve liked. It was hard because being a teenager is a difficult time, but I’m just glad that I made it into therapy and that my parents found somebody. What are my therapist requirements? I’ve been through so many different modalities of therapy. It’s been a wild ride, and I’ve learned a lot about myself. From psychodynamic to CBT, from Gestalt to psychoanalysis, I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I relate to the world. I’ve decided that I needed to focus on my trauma before anything else. I started EMDR and worked through some painful experiences. After [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Anxiety, Therapy, Uncategorized|Tags: , |Comments Off on I require my therapist to care about me and respect my humanity

I want to know everything about you…or do I?

Curiosity When I'm first getting to know a new friend, my curiosity is piqued. I want to know everything about them. I'm interested to hear their stories about childhood, where they grew up, their pets, their siblings, the relationship they had with their parents and how it was for them to be a child. I want to hear about heartbreak, funny stories, and things that they've never told anyone. I love hearing secrets. I love being able to share the thoughts that I hid from people as a child. And I find that there tends to be overlap with many people. Open or closed Sometimes people are mysterious. I have a variety of friends, some of them are opened, and others are closed. I love all of my friends, whether they reveal things about themselves or keep them close to the chest. Depending on what we're talking about, I can be open, or I can keep things under wraps. I understand both ways of being. I find it hard when people are private because it's more of a challenge to get to know them. I've had friends who were slower to open up, and it's more rewarding when they do. [...]

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Separation and Renewal

Parting Ways It’s not easy to break up with someone. The words “breakup” sound harsh. Whenever I’ve gone through a breakup, it felt like I was falling apart. Breakups are brutal; you’re losing a piece of your life. I had a dream last night where I shared a heart with a man. I felt connected with this mystery guy, but he was pulling away from me. Out of nowhere, a therapist beamed down from somewhere in the universe. Whether it was another planet or therapist-land, I don’t know, but he insisted that I needed to keep my heart safe. My heart was raw and cracked. I ran my fingers over it, and it was prickly to the touch, and that’s how breaking up feels. It hurts, it’s brutal, and that pain is some of the worst pain I’ve ever felt. With every breakup, I felt like I would never get over that person. They would haunt me for the rest of my life. But that’s not true. Eventually, I would heal. Breakups are painful During past breakups, I wished that I could press the fast forward button. I prayed for a way to push through the pain, and get better. [...]

By |May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Separation and Renewal

Making Art Heals Me

Making Art Heals Me Sometimes I’m tired of talking about myself in therapy. It's exhausting, and I feel like I'm talking in circles. How much can I talk about my childhood, heartbroken adolescence, and fragmented adulthood? I know that therapy helps, but it can feel draining. Since I was 15, I’ve been through many different kinds of mental health treatment including psychodynamic therapy, gestalt therapy, psychoanalysis, CBT, and EMDR. It's been exciting learning about myself in these various forms of treatment. Each of them taught me a variety of emotional skills. Emotional exhaustion leads to creativity Despite how much I learned by working out my issues in therapy, there have been times when I've been straight up emotionally exhausted. I’m tired of talking. Instead of talking, I want to take my feelings and transform them into something creative. That's where making art comes in. Maybe I'm in a play reciting a monologue or doing a scene. Perhaps I'm sitting at a table in my house making a collage, or (most commonly) I'm sitting at my computer writing a story, blog post, or a poem, I feel alive. Creating something makes me want to make more things. Translating feelings into art [...]

By |April 30th, 2019|Categories: Art, Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on Making Art Heals Me

Why I Call People On The Phone

I don’t want to be alone because then I have to think and deal with my pain Being alone is emotionally challenging for me. Sometimes I love having time by myself. It helps to reset my introvert brain. Other times, when I’m anxious or panicking, I don’t want to be alone. I’ll look for ways to be around people, so I don’t have to feel those intense emotions. Anxiety can be frightening. There are many times that I don’t want to be alone because when I’m by myself, I have to deal with my emotional pain. I’ll do anything to distract myself from how I feel. “Call a friend.” That's what I think when I start to hurt; when I feel my heart physically hurt. It feels like it’s bleeding from the inside, but that’s not what's happening. It feels like I’m dying inside. When I am alone, and I start to feel that hurt inside of me, I begin to panic. The panic makes me shake, sweat, and feel scared. I don’t want to be frightened and alone. I don’t think anyone would choose to be scared and by themselves. Fighting feelings I know that I have to fight [...]

By |April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why I Call People On The Phone

Massage My Hands and Tell Me I am Beautiful

Massage My Hands and Tell Me I'm Beautiful Relationships can be downright exhausting. It’s difficult dealing with myself and my emotions, and now I also have to deal with someone else and how they feel? I consider myself to be an empathetic person, but there’s a balance between caring about somebody else and how they feel while also prioritizing myself and my emotional needs. It’s difficult because I value myself and I’ve gotten to a place in life where I’ve come to see my inherent worth. I still struggle with anxiety and depression - anxiety being the more prevalent issue - however, I’m able to know that I matter. I Excitement I want to be with somebody who also sees that I’m worth it. That’s willing to fight for me, that’s excited to see me every day. That wants to hug and kiss me. I don’t want to be a source of frustration to anyone. I want the man that I’m with to love my kids and me and see the good in me because I've been told for my entire life that I’m “too much” and I don’t want to feel like that. I want someone to see what’s [...]

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Massage My Hands and Tell Me I am Beautiful

I’m going to make it.

I'm going to make it. I keep telling myself that. I'm back on the therapy wagon. I've been searching for someone who does EMDR therapy. And I found a person. While investigating different kinds of therapy, I found out there was something called "depression therapy." Depression therapy is something that I didn’t know existed. Over the years, I’ve talked about being depressed with my various therapists. I’ve gone through periods where I’ve felt low. But, I wouldn’t necessarily believe that there was therapy that specifically addressed depression. I guess there is. When I was growing up, I heard about the wondrous nature of therapy. My parents told me how it could help with your problems. I started seeing a therapist at age 15, and I was depressed. It wasn’t a fun time. Talking about depression in therapy helped me. It was difficult to talk about the vulnerable emotions that surrounded being depressed. I felt shame for not being able to function at an optimum level. I felt like I was different from my peers and that made me sad. It was difficult to relate to those around me when I was fixated on how down I felt about myself. It [...]

By |April 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on I’m going to make it.

New Beginnings – My First EMDR Therapy Session

My first EMDR therapy session felt like going on a date. It was hard finding her office, and that made me even more nervous than I already was. It was as if I was trying to find a restaurant where my new date was waiting. I called her frantically trying to find the building, which was seemingly in the middle of nowhere. I was meeting my therapist for the first time - she’s a Capricorn. I’m a Libra. I asked her what her sign was in the middle of quizzing her about herself. I know that therapy isn’t about her, it’s about her helping me, but I like to know a little bit about a therapist before I open up and tell them everything about myself and my life. I’m well-versed in astrology, and knowing that she was a Capricorn made me feel that she must be a dedicated person; she’s committed to studying whatever topic she chooses. She picked EMDR, which means she’s going to be an EMDR expert; this made me happy. It was exhausting going through all of the different things I needed to tell her about my trauma, but I knew that in the end, it [...]

By |April 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Beginnings – My First EMDR Therapy Session

Do I have a sense of entitlement?

I’ve wondered if I might have entitlement issues. “Entitlement” is a buzzword, and it’s a quality that has bothered me in others, so I want to be conscious of if I may have a sense of entitlement myself. As the youngest child in my family, I wonder if I might be spoiled, which is part of a societal issue where we stereotype the youngest sibling as being doted, babied, and so on. To some extent, in my case, there’s truth to that. My parents doted on me and got excited when I did things like put my pants on by myself as a kid; that was actually a big joke in my family. My dad would exclaim “you put your pants on by yourself!” like it was astonishingly exciting.   Now, as an adult, I use that as an analogy because I still get excited over the tiniest of things of things that people do for me. I’ll be like “wow! You got me a soda?! Awesome!” and in my experience, people find this to be strange because they don’t know why I’m excited over something as small as handing me a glass of water, etc., but I think that [...]

By |November 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Do I have a sense of entitlement?

Repression caused me to have stomach problems

Repression caused me to have stomach problems Repression caused me to experience extreme physical pain. There was a time in my life where I was not honest with myself. That differs from how I am today, as I am very honest with myself these days, but it took me a long time to get here. How did I learn to do that? Well, I suffered the consequences of trying to push down my pain. In junior high, I hid my panic and my depression because I didn’t want people to know that I was suffering. In high school, my mental health got worse. I started experiencing acid reflux and stomach pains. I was fearful for people to find out that I was experiencing panic attacks because I didn’t want to seem like a freak, but I ended up harming my body by repressing my feelings. Repression caused me to have severe GI issues. Today, my stomach problems are still bad, but they are not as horrible as they used to be. In high school, I remember experiencing panic so severe that I would wake up and vomit bile because I could not eat. That continuous vomiting caused permanent damage to [...]

By |November 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Repression caused me to have stomach problems

Do I Need Medication For Anger?

Do I need medication for anger? Sometimes, I think about my angry moments and how reactive I am. I do have Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), and my past trauma has left me with a fear of abandonment. It’s challenging to figure out what’s going on with me when I lash out at people. It is frustrating because I lose it  at the people that I love and I hate that. I don’t want to do this anymore, but how do I stop? I don’t want to be angry, and struggle to control those feelings. Fighting with my man Just today, my boyfriend and I got into a disagreement because he didn’t pick up his phone. Due to my fear of abandonment, that truly freaked me out. I got scared. I lashed out and told him that he was ignoring me, but in reality, he was just cleaning his house. I got angry. Instead of responding, I reacted, which is something that people talk about in Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT. DBT is useful for emotional regulation and people that have anger management problems. It is commonly used as a treatment option for people with mood disorders such as Bipolar [...]

By |November 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Do I Need Medication For Anger?

What is Asperger’s and Should I Get Evaluated?

Do I have Asperger’s? I often wonder if I am on the Autism spectrum. I ponder if I have many different conditions, but ASD is something I think about a lot. I think it’s because I struggle to make friends as an adult. I consistently believe that I’m offending people simply by being myself. I don’t know who else to be other than me. Hey, that rhymed! But it’s true, I can only be myself, and sometimes that person doesn’t understand how to act appropriately. It feels like I missed the unknown lecture on how to behave in different adult settings. That’s why I wonder if I’m on the spectrum. The only way to find out is be evaluated, but that frightens me. What if I have autism? Then what? I don’t know the answer to that question, and as someone who struggles with anxiety I don’t like the unknown. What is Asperger’s? What is Asperger’s? When I first had my kids, I heard a lot about Autism and the spectrum. Doctors warned me to look out for symptoms of Autism as if it was something “bad.” That’s one thing that really bothers me about society. We characterize people on [...]

By |November 4th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |Comments Off on What is Asperger’s and Should I Get Evaluated?

I’m not good enough and I don’t know why

I’m not good enough and I don’t know why I have a continual thought, I would go so far as to say it’s obsessive, that I’m not good enough...and I don’t know why! Where did it come from? Why is it that I think that I don’t deserve good things? I’m asking myself these questions and I’m asking you, but I don’t expect you to answer because, well, this is just a blog. Rather, a blog post, if you want to get technical. I don’t know why I’m not good enough. I’m not sure where this idea came from. Maybe I was born with it, but that brings up another existential question. Do babies ever come with this idea that they’re not good enough? I don’t think so. I think that human beings are good. I think that we’re fundamentally morally sound, and that people fuck us up. So, if the truth is that I am fundamentally good, why don’t I believe it? I don’t know whether it’s low self-esteem, what people have told me about myself that I have internalized as true, trauma, depression, anxiety or any of my mental illnesses that like to usurp my brain. Regardless of [...]

By |November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on I’m not good enough and I don’t know why

How to stop thinking about someone that stopped talking to you

Dear You, I'm angry at you. But, I also love you. It's complicated. I know you're sick, and I want to help you. I tried hard to get you the help you wanted, needed, couldn't ask for, and I wanted that for you. I wanted you to be okay. I saw myself in you, and I sincerely tried to help you. Now, you think I'm a terrible person, and it hurts. Yes, I said some horrible things about you. But you hurt me. I'm sorry for my part in what happened. You won't talk to me unless you want to insult me, and that fucking hurts. I never tried to harm you intentionally, and I mean emotionally. I didn't lie to you, even though you keep calling me names, saying I'm a liar, spewing hatred on me. If you figure out this letter is about you, please know this: I love you. I miss you; I want to be friends, sisters again. I don't have a biological sister, but I had you for that brief moment in time. And now, that grain of sand in the proverbial hourglass is gone. I wish I'd done things differently. I'm angry at myself, [...]

By |November 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to stop thinking about someone that stopped talking to you
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