How Betterhelp Helped Me Realized Things That I’ve Never Even Been Able To Acknowledge Myself – Anita
Updated February 27, 2019
I've shared things with my counselor that I've never even been able to acknowledge myself
I have now been working with my BetterHelp counselor since January 4th, of 2018. I signed up for help with depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, and what I felt was the start of some self-destructive behavior. I am now in a much more stable feeling place emotionally and mentally. I felt like I was one breathe away from a nervous breakdown before I started.
I have tried in person counselling a few times prior to BetterHelp. While those services provided a good introduction for me to receiving supports I knew the people and organization through my work as we had many clients in common. This made it hard for me to really open up and talk about what I felt were my more deep rooted issues. I was grateful for the experience as it opened doors for me in order to seek further support.
I believe I saw an ad for BetterHelp on Instagram. The anonymity and flexibility was a huge factor in me deciding to sign up to try it. Being able to do sessions over the phone when it worked for my schedule seemed really convenient.
Having the flexibility to write out my feelings or struggles to later have my counselor offer support and guidance was super beneficial. I shared things that I've never been able to even acknowledge to myself previously thus getting to the root of some things. Having support to realize I'm not alone, that I was struggling with a lot of dysfunction in more than one area of my life and having someone confirm some things really helped me feel "not crazy" and that I was having normal responses to what was happening in my life or what had happened. I learned that there are skills or tools I can strengthen and utilize to help manage trauma or the more heavy side of things.
I find now I am better able to self assess more often, to honor what or how I'm feeling and retreat to sit with any stress or heavy emotions I may be feeling or grappling with. I try to take the time I need for myself now, practicing more self care, and I try to write a lot of my feelings out more often. I'm encouraged to get moving more physically. I'm not quite where I want to be yet but hope to be soon with the therapeutic yoga training I've enrolled in. I've made some very big changes and decisions that I'm not sure I would have been able to do without my counselors support. I am feeling grateful I was able to overcome my pride and ask for help when I needed it. Being able to ask for help when I need it I now realize is a sign of strength and not weakness. I'm on the road to claiming all of my power back and feeling much stronger these days!