- Mental Health
Affordable Therapy Through Internships
There are so many people out in the world walking around with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or they just feel that things aren't quite right and they aren't sure who to turn to, or what to do about it. Some people deal with these feelings through drinking or getting high, but there is another way. A therapist, counselor, or psychotherapist can help you work through your "stuff" to become a person you can look in the mirror and be happy to meet and be proud of.
Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble."-
"The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."
- Helen Keller
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer."
- Albert Camus
I was having feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem and felt like I wasn't worth a whole lot. I started going to school, at one point, and this boosted my self-esteem, but I still felt a lot of worthlessness and, along with that came some depression.
I was on an anti-depression med called Wellbutrin. I took that twice a day and was still feeling depressed. Today, I take one and feel no depression.
One day, I was driving past a place called Anthropos and this notion crossed my mind that perhaps I could use a little therapy. This particular place is a place where counselors work toward getting their license. They need to put in several thousands of hours as part of an internship. These therapists work on a sliding scale. They charge what you can afford to pay. I was paying $20. per session for a year as I went each week. One intern was assigned to me and that was the beginning of my journey to getting some emotional healing. I was with her for over a year and today, I have to say, I am on a different road. I feel good about myself. AND there was an unexpected side affect. I used to use food to feel comfort. I was an emotional eater. I would get cravings and have binge-eating moments. I found that through therapy, my cravings have subsided and no more binges. I feel more freedom to be myself and today, I am a happier person.
Where to Find These Therapists
What I found is, that these therapists may not have as much experience as a fully licensed practitioner, but they are fresh and passionate about their calling. I would bet that there is one of these places close to you, in or near your town. When I google "affordable counseling, my city, ca" the first place that appears is Anthropos, I would suggest you google "affordable counseling, your city, state" and see what comes up. Also, if you find that you aren't happy with your counselor, you have the right to ask for a different one. They are human beings and they all have different personalities. If you find their personality doesn't mesh with yours, don't give up. There are others.
What to Expect
You have to be willing to step into that room and go inside of yourself and deal with all of the issues that you have been dragging around with yourself all of your life. Issues that have been dragging you down and making you feel that you're not worth it.You will go into that room and unload your traumas, issues, fears, inadequacies, self-destructive behavior, losses and neglects you have had in your life. One-by-one, the counselor will help you pull them out. Start talking about them...it is the therapists job to bring these into focus, so we can let them go, stop hanging on to the pain, stop feeling shame and start being the happier person that God intended us to be.
Giving God the Glory
I just want to add...this is just one of the avenues I went down. Through my years, I spent some time in NA/AA, and I began going to church, I started school, eating better, and exercising. I know that I couldn't have done any of this without the guidance of the Great Counselor, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Through my Spirituality, I had access to the power of God, and in hindsight, I can see His hand guiding me every step of the way. He put my feet back on solid ground. My Victory is in Him. I have still so much to learn and my journey isn't over until He says so. I will always be His work in progress.
Before I went into each therapy session, I would sit in my car and pray for Him to be present in that room; that I would progress and move forward within that hour's time. AND you now what...it worked!!