Very thoughtful reply Michaela!
I'll think more about some of the creature comforts I could provide myself for the appointment. I can already think of a few good ideas (Chocolate
, avoid caffeine for the day, a different location than what I had in mind).
I have availed of the services offered at this clinic before, where they were luckily able to see me on a walk-in for an acute problem. Then, I really
did not know what to expect, but was very pleased with the sense of agency that I walked away with. As you said, I was the boss.
Finally, It can take some time and practice to try and untangle what you are feeling and describe it to someone else but therapists understand that.
Yeah, that makes sense :0. I don't have to feel like I need to walk on eggshells and say everything correctly the first time. It is okay if I become flustered. It's flustering stuff lol.
That being said, I will still try to identify the boundaries I would desire. The exact way I'll go about this, I'll workshop. I'm the boss after all ;p.
To the last thing you mentioned, a huge part of therapy does involve talking about emotions so feel free to use this space to tell us a little more about your relationship with engaging with that side.
Maybe I was giving myself a bit of a hard time on my comment above regarding that specific topic. I do have a good reason to be uncomfortable talking about these topics with a stranger, but that also doesn't mean that I have to buckle-down/buckle-in for a psychosocial meat grinder like I might have been framing it in my mind before. I can take steps to increase my comfort; if I understand your sentiment correctly?
... so feel free to use this space to tell us a little more about your relationship with engaging with that side.
I do appreciate you inviting me to explore that idea more here, which I might in a different form.
I appreciate your word on this,