Welcome back to BeREAL! This week, Ednesha is hosting without Diana. However, she is joined by BeREAL’s very own Jessica! Jessica is here to talk about her first time in therapy and all the emotions involved with the process.
Jessica begins by telling how she found her first therapist. She talks about the database she used (Zocdoc), and discusses the variety of databases there are and the benefits of each. Before she even met with a therapist she was nervous. The task seemed daunting and there were so many labels and credentials for the different clinicians. However, she was able to find one that she developed a good professional relationship with.
Jessica first went to therapy because she was recently engaged and the process was straining her relationship with her parents. Right from the start she had the mindset that she was going to get her money’s worth each session. So, she was very open with her therapist from the start. However, Ednesha adds that some people need to build trust with their therapist before they open up. She also notes that her first therapist specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is a short term form of therapy, so she didn’t veer off topic much during sessions.
After ten sessions with her first therapist, Jessica was told she was cured. Although she enjoyed the woman, Jessica felt that the relationship wasn’t very personal. Because her first experience didn’t meet her expectations, it took her a while to see another clinician. Yet, after starting work at BeWELL she began virtual therapy over the phone. She explains why she likes the dynamic of virtual therapy because she can take the calls whenever and feel more comfortable. The new therapist also has a different relationship with Jessica, as they aren’t working towards something specific and therefore there is less work outside of sessions.
To close out the episode, Jessica talks about how her first time in therapy has impacted life outside the counseling office. First, she likes that there is a designated space where she can be the priority. And second, she has come to realize most of her friends were in therapy but kept quiet about it.
Thank you for tuning into BeREAL this week. Be on the lookout for our next episode. In the meantime, make sure to check out last week’s episode about change!
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