For those of you who have even been in therapy what would your advice be to someone who has never been and wants to?
Know yourself, your story and what to bring up. Ready for putting things into practice.
I've went there at my lowest without having any idea of those things. I've also spent a long time not asking for help, so not evening knowing how to do that properly or what it entails. It seems simple but when at our lowest and losing our mind, without having stability of any sort, doing those things can be very difficult.
I would say get ready for what you want to heal and ask for information (I was also really bad at asking questions, or anything from others. What I needed was companionship but felt like I didn't find it. What I did find was having bits of enjoyment from my hobbies and daily living)
Expect to do some work. I had always thought that it was a little more passive.
I cant pretend that every therapist is a godsend. Sometimes you have to try out a few to find someone who really works for you and that's unfortunately an option that's not accessible to everyone. But generally speaking, you will be better for it. Introspection and navigating life is hard and having a trained professional there to help you through it can make a noticeable difference in how you feel, how you deal with your feelings, and how you deal with other people's feelings too. Most people stand to benefit from therapy
Always remember they're a professional, and legally obligated to keep everything you tell them as a secret. So no need to worry about that.
If the therapist doesn't prod you to open up (particularly about your hardships/issues), take the initiative.
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thank you. I would agree doing those things seems simple but is actually difficult.