hello folks! Very long first post.
I’ve been with working with a therapist for about a year now to address some difficulties I have around school and doing homework. She specializes in ADHD and her reviews were mostly positive, but her only strategy was to have me sit and do my work while she sat on the phone with me.
I expressed to her early on that I have some trauma surrounding academia/schoolwork but that I really loved school and wanted to pursue law eventually, so overcoming feeling triggered to the point of being paralyzed was my paramount goal. Her strategy of just having me sit and work for an hour hasn’t been helpful outside of the sessions (essentially, whenever I try it on my own, I just get my normal, terrified response). Two weeks ago (at my prompting), we began unpacking my trauma and so far, we talked about what happened, she said “wow that sounds really difficult” and asked me how I felt and then our session was over and I had to come down from a flashback on my own.
I have a non-negotiable deadline coming up and I want to be able to do what I need to in order to get my work done, but I’m not sure how to tell her that what we’ve been doing isn’t working and I’m not sure what will work. I’m moving back to the East Coast in less than a month, so it’s kind of late to begin a new therapeutic relationship here and I’m stuck for ideas on what to do on my own.
TL;DR my therapist isn’t helping me accomplish my schoolwork goals, I have a non-negotiable deadline coming up and I’m not sure what to do