I had my first private therapy session two weeks ago, and it has taken me this time to make a decision. I have a whole list of the benefits and cons on starting psychotherapy at this point in my life. Here are my reasons why I’ve decided not to begin now.
Firstly, private therapy is very expensive, although I work part time, I am still a full time student, and simply don’t have the extra disposable income at this point in time. Especially as I am moving house in June. Which is another reason why I have decided against starting now, I feel like the next few months are going to be very busy, I have a huge deadline for my degree also. I feel I can’t purely focus on my mental health and therapy, which is important.
I am going to wait to start therapy until I can purely focus on only at. You may think this is impossible as life is always busy, but I know from experience that I have had the time to. Therapy will be lots of hard work. The first session I had left me emotionally exhausted for days! Therefore, I shall wait for a point in my life where I have the time and environment to be a little mentally down, which now is not the time. I do believe that therapy can leave you feeling temporarily ‘worse’, as you delve into your struggles.
I am not throwing therapy completely out of the window, I aim to start again in the future. If things deteriorate to the same extent it were, I would start sooner rather than later. But for the past 6 months plus I have been doing really well, so it’s not urgent. I also feel like as I am doing the first part of my degree (bachelors) in Psychology, that it would be beneficial to go through therapy as it is a recommended experience if I were going to pursue a career in this field.