When you enter therapy you might feel miserable, desperate and alone. There may be a sense of failure that you have to do this. But you are in for a pleasant surprise, because although the journey through won’t be smooth sailing, the benefits you will experience will be incredible. Not only will you feel so much better about everything in your life and within yourself, you will learn so much! And this learning is something you can use to help others for the rest of your life. You will be able to connect to others in a way that you couldn’t before because of how you have changed and what you have learned. Instead of being stressed and anxious so much of the time, you will feel at peace with things and confident to take the steps forward and to do the things you want to do in your life. Also if you see the process through to completion it is unlikely you will need medication such as anti-depressants or Valium. You’ll be able to live a drug free life which is so much better for your body.
Before I went on holiday I admit I was stressed. Weighed down under the weight of business, chores, errands, finances, family, and work. I think I’d lie awake most nights stressing about everything and wondering how I’d gotten to this point with all I know about psychology and self -care etc. Luckily, my holiday was like the intervention I needed. The distance from my life situation helped me to see and decide that I didn’t want to continue living this way and then I realised that I had a choice about that.
When I got to university I put on a lot of weight in that first year. In retrospect there were a lot of reasons for it, including the complete change in lifestyle, more accessiblility to pub food and grog and other personal reasons.
One of the parts of the life of being a psychologist is good record keeping. After each session that you attend I will keep notes about what you said and what was worked on. Of course these records are kept securely and confidentially. Sometimes these notes contain my ideas about how I think I can help and what is going on for you. You have the right to read these notes at any time and they are a legal document.