By: Alkmini Hormovas, LMFT

WHETHER IT’S YOUR FIRST OR FIFTH TIME IN THERAPY, OPENING A NEW CHAPTER OF HEALING WORK WITHIN A PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC CONTAINER IS VULNERABLE.

Luckily, there are things that you already do that support you immensely!

Keep Breathing-
 
“Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.” -Thich Nhat Hahn
 
You just took a major step in committing to therapy and are opening yourself up to powerful and exciting work. That’s huge! It’s important to acknowledge the steps (big and small) you are taking to improve your life.
Deciding to prioritize your mental and emotional health and wellness is major. Slowing down and breathing deeply helps in the moments where it can all feel too overwhelming and threatening. People often come to therapy to change something in their lives.  While change may be exactly what you want and need, it can still bring up some intense feelings and sensations. For example, wanting to run out the door when things get too intense, deep or vulnerable. This is exactly the type of experience you want to share with your therapist. The impulse of wanting to avoid or run away may come up for you. Your therapist can help you be curious about what is going on there.
The golden nuggets of healing are available to us when we respectfully and lovingly ride the waves of resistance, avoidance and denial. This process can be really challenging at times, therefore, remembering to breath and come back to center, ground, peace, presence, whatever you want to call it, is essential. Even though therapy asks you to move beyond your comfort zone, most clients find that that is where to the positive growth and change happens.
Good luck and keep breathing!