Stressed, overwhelmed, needing an objective opinion.
Awhile ago, I was feeling all of those things. I have numerous coping skills I use when feeling stressed. I have good support in my life. And yet, sometimes that is not enough. Sometimes, I need more. So I did what I recommend to others to do, I went to therapy. It is not the first time and I'm sure it won't be the last. I met with someone a few times in order to have a safe place to vent my feelings to an objective person. And it helped. It was a non-judgmental environment where I could freely discuss my life and the therapist could just listen and help me make connections in my thinking. It was also nice to have someone validate my feelings. Someone who didn't know the people I was talking about and therefore was truly coming from an objective place.
I hope by putting this out there this lessens the stigma of mental illness that I have written about before. There should be no shame in needing to go to therapy.
Stefanie F. Pisarkiewicz, LPC
Experience and information from a counselor and mother- sharing her two cents on children and teens.