Typically people have rules for a reason; this is not to say the rules are valid, it is to point out that there is a need your mother is trying to fulfill with these rules. Maybe that is just control just so she doesn't lose you, but maybe there are other things she is wanting and another way she... more
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A lot of seasonal depression can be linked to a chemical imbalance; which means most likely you will benefit from sunlight, walking, drinking water, and resisting isolation. If you do not have access to sunlight, they have sun lamps that provide an artificial version of sunlight but have been found... more
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Plenty of counselors will provide low-cost or no-cost therapy for those who cannot afford it; looking online is a good start but also your community centers and other places like that can help you find these resources.
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First, it sounds so challenging to feel like you are worthless to everyone; finding a therapist to help challenge that belief is probably the best idea; however, if that is not an option, here are a few things to consider: 1. make a list of what makes you not worthless, but also some of the things... more
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Anxiety around and about people can be challenging because unfortunately, no matter how badly we want to, we cannot control other people, and sometimes they're really annoying. It seems like you are struggling with difficulties with other people, almost more importantly a lot of self-judgment. I... more
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When I hear "a silly thing from school," it tells me that perhaps there is not an understanding of her experience. I am wondering what is behind this thing from school; fear of failure? fear of disappointing you or others? Perhaps if her self-worth heavily rides on her academics, even the little... more
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For me, I check in with Clients about every 3-4 sessions to ask how they are feeling about their counseling journey and what they are hoping for in terms of continuing (more sessions, fewer sessions, terminating). On almost all occasions, my professional opinion is pretty close to the client's... more
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The first step of reaching out is tough! Finding a therapist using this site or Psychology Today is probably the easiest. Either calling or emailing their office to ask for a consult is a great start. What should you ask during the consult? Ask them what their counseling approach is; if they can... more
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There is no such thing as too many issues for counseling; however, instead of relying on one counselor for your support, perhaps try generating a care team of several providers (doctor, sleep specialist, counselor, nutritionist, psychiatrist, etc.).
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Some people when they experience emotional release end up crying in session, and you are not alone in that experience! Other people it does not hit them until after they're home, and some people simply don't react in that way; everyone is different and judging your emotional responses in session... more
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Honesty is really the best policy; you do not need to beat around the bush to try and please your therapist. If something is not jiving with you, tell them! It will save you both time, and if they are a well-trained therapist, they should have other approaches and skills they can try with you.
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