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Counseling experience - (not) so fun #Counseling #PanicDisorder #Anxiety

Do you wanna share your counseling experience?

Mine was like panicking and unbearable sobbing, the first and the second. Very much the same.. the confusion and uncontrollable emotions, everything was all over the place. Anyhow, no matter how you experience the session with your therapist, I just wanna say it here out loud... You are doing great!! Because it is not easy to get your big ego brain to do that, so... I know the feeling. :)

Well, my experience in every session of therapy was a heartpounding, I really cannot control the sobbing when I just got into the session room, the panick attack started when I just arrived in the waiting room, and the worst part was I had to wait for an hour.

The anxiety attack was way too much when I had to wait in the waiting room. The longer I wait, the heavier it gets.

I feels like I am going to go into a trial and I am the bad guy, like guilty as charge.

I tried so many thing, usually watching a comedy or anything silly would make the anxiety lower, but one time my head just feels so heavy to watch so I tried to doodle on my book. Maybe if you have a headphone, you can try to listen to some white noise or soothing sounds.

Always bring anything that will comfort you, my way is journaling or doodling.

I am sure every one will have their own special maneuver to calm down the anxiety kick.

In my case I just cannot hold my self burs into tears. Not so much fun for me... but, it does not mean that I don't want to have another counseling.

I think, the sobbing is part of the process to become the better me. And hope you guys can have the better process of your own.

Maybe, we can not live in a better place, but we can always try to live in a better way. There is always a better option.


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Back to work again + #MedicalLeave ?

I've been sick for the past ten days (sinus infection) and took all of last week off work. Now I have to go back tomorrow and my anxiety is quite high. My whole body is aching and sore and I have a headache. It's like my body is saying, "Noooooo!"
I know that everything will be significantly behind and piled up because even before I got sick, my boss was away so I was covering both our positions. I feel so stressed just thinking about it.
I had my first session with my new career counselor today. She very quickly recognized significant symptoms of burn out and her recommendation is to get a doctor's note for a medical leave of at least a month in length. I have already been thinking about quitting my job, so this throws another option into the mix.
Since the beginning of the year, I took one week off for vacation and now two weeks off (the other was in January) for illness. That means I have worked for 5 weeks out of 8 weeks in 2023. And I'm so exhausted! I need to make a plan for leaving this job as soon as possible.

#Anxiety #Depression #Burnout #MentalHealth #Job #Work #Career #Counseling #MedicalLeave #Quit #tired

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Considering #Career #Counseling #MentalHealth

(Photo from my recent vacation)

Having recently come to the conclusion that I cannot continue in my current #Job beyond the next 5 months, I have been stuck in swirling #Uncertainty . My job is making my mental health worse, but poor mental health makes it very difficult to look for a new job.

Last week, my therapist suggested that I consider working with a career counselor to help me work through some of my questions and challenges. I just had a free consultation call with a potential counselor, and I think I might go forward with it.

Naturally, it is even *more* expensive than my regular therapist, but she seems to have a system where she feels confident about what can be accomplished in her packages of 3 sessions or 10 sessions. I tend to have the view that my situation is just so complicated that no one could possibly help me break through all the muck and mire that quickly, but I recognize that that view may not be accurate.

I know that I need to do something different because just continuing to do the same thing has not helped me gain any forward momentum . I'm a bit afraid to spend so much money and just end up back where I started. I know part of that is the #Depression talking - "everything is bad and nothing will ever get better" - but it is a difficult mindset to overcome when trying to make a #Decision .

Have any of you ever worked with a career counselor? What was your experience like? Would you recommend it?


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professional counseling services

Midtown #Counseling offer a wide range of counseling services for anxiety, depression, psychosis, and trauma with treatment plans including #psychotherapy, grief counseling, and stress management. Derek Sandos, MA, MA, LPCC, has been providing mental health services in the Denver metro area.