Psychotherapy – After the Session

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Psychotherapy – After the Session – Sometimes Ican come out of a session feeling worse off. However, I know that this is normal.



Psychotherapy – after the session

A trip to the psychologist’s office is never an easy one. It’s not that I dread it, but it’s – as I’m sure some of you can relate – the hashing-up of all the traumatic experiences. Sometimes it feels like I do enough re-living of my own through the nightmares and random flashbacks that seemingly come out of nowhere. So, these sessions can wake the demon of PTSD and cause me to disassociate, lose focus and as a consequence, I don’t really get a lot of therapeutic benefits. Psychotherapy – After the Session I find sucks most of all

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Despite all the triggering, I fight on because it’s what I know best. I need to. The latter option terrifies me. I find that overall, it does help keep me crawling down the road of mental wellness.

And even though it’s uncomfortable and exhausting, it must be done. I just have to keep telling myself that challenge is really uncomfortable, that without pain there can be no chance for change.

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Of course, I can’t speak to the effectiveness of your sessions while in therapy because we are all different and what landed us on the therapist’s couch is as unique as you and me. What I find most perplexing is not what takes place during the session but rather, how I feel afterward.
My experience with the post-session psychotherapy time is this: some days I can barely make it to the office, I feel so despondent – but after the psychologist and I work through what we are working on, I walk out of there feeling renewed and wondering if I am cured.

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OK, maybe not cured, but I do feel as though I can take on the remainder of the day with my authenticity. Meaning I see the world without the cloudy fog of PTSDanxiety and depression. While others, I walk in feeling triggered, anxious or dark from depression, go through the therapeutic routine and come out feeling like I was just caught off guard by a mental-illness avalanche. I have yet to figure out why.

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The aftermath of a challenging session sometimes puts me down and out for a few days and almost always takes me out for the remainder of the day. Sometimes I stress-eat to try and cope; other times I shut the rest of the day off with slumber.
Having a counselling background myself, I know that the patient doesn’t grow if not gently nudged to do so. In order to effectively get to the roots of the issue, one has to be challenged. So, if it appears as though you’re are feeling worse, perhaps it’s the therapists professionally guiding you towards the tools you need to get better.

Hopefully, through mindfulness training and coping skill-building, I can slowly start walking out of the session and right back into living, at least more often than not. I long for those times. I know they are coming; I just have to work on it, keep going to therapy so I can start to feel free after the sessions.

Please, hang in there. If you have found the right therapist, then I’m confident you’ll be on your way to a better you, on your way to healing. I’m rooting for you.

Psychotherapy - after the session session
if you are suffering from PTSD or another mental illness, please reach out. I thank you for your service and you are still worthy and mean something. I believe in you!

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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