Ok Ok, I'll admit it, it has been a long time since I have been in the client's seat. I'm a Therapist, so of course I believe in the power and the process of therapy, but I've recently also become a client in a whole new way, which has allowed me to rediscovered my love for the therapy process.
And FYI, if you didn't already know, being a client is hard work!
Many people are afraid of therapy, and I can understand why. However, most people who are not open to therapy act as if they don't need therapy because they are self-aware enough to handle things on their own. That may be true, but there is so much to be learned about yourself in therapy and so much more to be gained with a fresh perspective. As a therapist, who has recently taken to the client's couch, rather than my usual comfy therapist's chair, I know this all to well.
Just like you, sometimes I don't want to go to therapy, because it's just really hard. I have had moments of feeling defensive towards the therapist when they offer a new perspective on my life, which is particularly difficult to hear. I've also felt at times that I wanted to run out of the therapy room, because difficult feelings were being triggered.
As I always say to my client, and now to myself as a client, "you must respect the process." The difficult feelings, the defensiveness, the denial, all of it is a part of the process. These are the qualities that help you to grow in therapy.
And, It's so worth it!
Here are some things that I have learned in therapy as a client, which I believe are to be gained in the therapy process, that makes it all worth it.........