7 Years And CountingI've been in psychotherapy for the past 7 years, I'm also a therapist myself. Two main reasons to begin psychotherapy were: 1. I was a psych student, therefore, I have to know myself, I have to work on myself, and I have to have the proper tools to be able to walk down my own hell; specially if my job is helping others to walk down theirs.
2. My love life sucked. badly. it was failure after failure. Miserable... And hey, I'm single but my life is love-life-drama- free and well, there's been lots of pluses after therapy. :)
My therapist is ... awesome. He's view is transpersonal jungian psychology, and he also has a degree on traditional chinese medicine..the combination of those two subjects allows for many cool stuff to do and read and learn. I reckon he has been a great influence on my psychology career as well.
Before him, I had only met cognitive therapists which I (as a patient) happen to tremendously dislike; so when I met my actual therapist it was all SO refreshing. It was AWESOME not to feel labeled, not feel judged, not to feel like he was about to start writing the next "wrong" thing that I said, tought, did...
He laughed at me plenty times...I could go to therapy with this huge crisis and he would laugh, I'd get pissed, hell, I thought he was a jerk... and then, only then, I finally understood that a sense of humor is too important in life. I learned to laugh at irony, the absurdity of life circumstances, the way life kicks our ***** when we are completely convinced that we finally manage to overcome something... and I can only say I'm proud of having him as a therapist. It's been 7 years of crazy, ups, downs, crying, laughter, fighting, arguing, learning, unconditional regards, love, trust, faith... and I'm sure much more which cannot be described by words.
I hope as well that I can deliver all of the above to my actual and future patients AND friends. I can only hope I can give them love, unconditional regards, trust and the proper relationship so they can keep growing emotionally and spiritually.