Welcome to Therapy: Where Your Fears Are Validated

I just moved to a new city and I’m terrified. I know, tell me what you really think, Sarah. But it’s true! I feel scared that I’m “not gonna make it” or “I’m going to fail.” But those are thoughts and not the reality. Sure there will be hiccups along the way, but that’s life. The thing that’s been the hardest to deal with is my anxiety. I struggle to say “my anxiety” as if the anxiety belongs to me. However, the anxiety I’m experiencing feels like it’s made a home in my mind and won’t leave. Because of the intensity of my feelings and the chronic mental health concerns I have, I found a therapist rather quickly since I moved to the west coast.

On a side note, people have asked me “how did you find a therapist so fast?” And my answer is “I needed to.” Plain and simple, I knew that finding a therapist was a priority. I anticipated that my anxiety would reach a high point and that I’d need an impartial professional to talk to. I am a friendly person and I had faith in my ability to make friends, however I also knew that that process would take time. I wasn’t under the illusion that I would have friends overnight or that things would work out completely once I moved. You take yourself wherever you go, and I’ve found that I’m dealing with the same issues I had in New York in Portland.

That’s why I’m grateful for my therapist. She doesn’t fuck around and she tells it to me like it is. If I’m doing something that’s unhealthy for me, she will let me know whether I like it or not. Sometimes the truth is hard to hear, but I appreciate her honesty. I let her know that this is why I’m here and to keep those brutal truths coming. It’s hard to change your behavior, but it’s not impossible as I once thought. There was a time where I thought I was hopeless. I believed that I was fated to be the same way and act in the same manner for the rest of my life. I know now that that’s depression talking. I am able to…

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