Is Getting Kicked Out Of A Therapy Session A Good Thing?
Updated: Apr 18, 2020
In my case the answer is YES! I want to say this before I begin writing this post... this post is not meant for me to brag about myself and make you feel bad if you’re struggling. This post is meant to hopefully give you hope!
This week I saw my therapist for the first time in a month and A LOT has happened in a month. I had a few rough days of a decent amount of anxiety. However, I relied on my strategies to cope with those feelings and was able to continue to keep living. Usually my therapy sessions last an hour and by the end of them I wish my time wasn’t up. This time around I talked with my therapist for about a half hour and then I honestly couldn’t figure out something to talk about with her. She couldn’t think of anything either. There was silence and it was kind of awkward because usually I have a long list of things to talk about. Then finally she said, “Well, you’re totally killing it so I think we’re done here today. I am proud of you!”
I was caught off guard by that because it’s never happened to me before. I walked to my car feeling shocked, but then also proud! I’m sharing this with you because it’s important to celebrate those small mental health victories. People may be hesitant to share these victories because they may feel that no one would really care or understand why you would consider that a victory. Because of the societal stigma. Well, like always, I’m trying to break that stigma!
I’ve been seeing my therapist for almost a year now and I’ve had times where I walked in crying, had to drag myself into therapy, couldn’t speak because I was crying too hard, etc.. However, I’ve also had great moments in therapy! I’ve had times where I was able to recognize my negative thought patterns, made realizations about myself, and also gotten kicked out!
There‘s a lot of bad moments with regards to mental illnesses, but there are good moments as too. It’s important to acknowledge and celebrate those moments. In fact, another mental health victory of mine is writing and getting my children’s book published. To learn more about it, click the link below...