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Change has always been a hard thing for me. When one season comes to an end, and another sweeps in to take its place, I usually need a good few weeks to adjust and settle in. Take this weekend, for example. I loved celebrating the end of August with our anniversary date night and the two days spent soaking up the end of summer at the pool with friends. But until we ease into our new school routine I’ll be fidgety and uncomfortable with the newness of it all.
Speaking of change, I had to break up with my therapist of five years because she stopped accepting my insurance and there was no way I’d be able to pay the regular office visit amount out of pocket. I’m sad about not seeing her again, and feel terrible about not having the chance to say goodbye at our last visit. But I guess that’s just the way life goes sometimes.
Tomorrow I’ll meet a new therapist who I’ll share details of my life with. It feels like the first day of school when everything is new and I’m excited and nervous at the same time for all the learning I know I’ll do while I’m there. I’m sure I won’t be able to cover my entire mental health history in our first visit. But in the event we do continue on after tomorrow, I do have a few expectations for our sessions.
I hope she helps me figure my complicated self out.
I hope she challenges me to see things from a different perspective.
I hope she teaches me how to be more forgiving of myself.
I hope she realizes that just because for the past three years I’ve been a “high-functioning” bipolar 1 patient, I still don’t struggle with my symptoms on a regular basis.
I hope that we’ll hit it off and have a long-lasting patient-therapist relationship.
I know this is a tall order and I have high expectations for how this will work out. The truth is, we may not have chemistry and I may have to try several therapists before I find one that fits my needs. I’m prepared to do that if I need to. I’m prepared to work through change.
I believe I didn’t invest enough effort with my last therapist. I didn’t go to the appointments with something in mind to work on. It was more like going to the monthly appointments where I sat and blabbed about myself and what I had been doing since I had last seen her. And it didn’t do me any good. I didn’t grow the way I believe therapy should help a person grow.
This time I want things to be different. I’m ready to work this time.
The sun is setting on one season and will rise with the next. Bring it on. I’m ready.
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