Hi, firstly I'm not normally one for posting comments i mainly just read them for advice but recently i have been having counselling for my anxiety. At first i was given six one to one sessions at my local G.P's (not the one i am registered at). In the days leading up to my first appointment my anxiety set in at maximum speed, firstly i worried in case the counsellor was someone i knew!!! This was a major factor for me to be able to open up, Luckily enough i had the name of the counsellor and was able to search for her (Facebook stalking at its worst). Our first meeting was a longer session than the other five, they took time to get to know me and my worries. I was able to discuss a few of my worries and anxiety's, it was good to finally talk to someone other than my husband but oh my did it take a lot out of me. It was explained to me that i may feel a bit drained after my sessions, i was shaky and needed to eat something. I spent the next couple of days with the worst headache.
The sessions started to get easier and i become more comfortable talking to the counsellor, no matter what i spoke about, whether i was in a talkative mood or not. The counsellor didn't expect anything from me... Which was exactly what i expected , i didn't expect anything from the sessions but i am really glad i went.
At the end of each session they gave me a form to fill out, i would fill it in the day before going back about how i had been feeling. Depending on how the previous week went we discovered that my anxiety got better as the weeks went on. It was perfect and it has not gone away but in some ways i am managing to deal with it a little better.
It was been three weeks since my last session and i am now being referred to group therapy.. Once again my anxiety about whether i will know anyone their is striking but then i tell myself that we will all be there for the same reason. I am once again going into these sessions with an open mind and low expectations.
I know this is a long post but i hope that writing about my experience with counselling that it will help others or even inspire some people to talk.
Thanks for reading