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Having a Therapist to Cope With Eczema

I wanted to see a therapist for a long time, but I was always afraid of what people would think of me. There is a lot of judgment of people who see therapists and how people are seen when they attend therapy in my community. The Mexican community views people who see therapists as “crazy” or someone who is ‘defective,” which is completely misleading and does not tell the truth about someone seeking therapy. I also believed it for a long time until I started college and learned more about therapy.

COVID stopped my therapy sessions

I had started therapy at the beginning of 2020, and then COVID hit. When COVID started, I had to stop therapy because the therapist I had was not accepting clients in person or through telehealth, which was understandable at the time. After a while, I took a long time without therapy, waiting to hear back from my therapist. Yet, nothing happened, so I decided to look for a new therapist. COVID was still going on, and it was tough to find a therapist who would accept me with my insurance.

I looked for a new therapist

After a few months of searching, I was able to find a therapist who gives me sessions through telehealth. I have been with the same therapist for a few months now. We currently meet every week. It is important to find a therapist that you will be comfortable working with. You can always change therapists until you find the one that best fits your needs. There is nothing wrong with changing therapists, which was what I ended up doing.

PTSD and eczema

When we started the sessions, it was first about getting to know me. During this time, the therapist was doing all the talking and asking me questions. Now a few weeks in, I do most of the talking. Also, it is important to mention that I had to be completely honest with her. You get what you put out during your therapy session. That is why I like to say everything I am feeling. After a while, the therapist ended up diagnosing me. She put my diagnosis as post-traumatic stress disorder due to a health condition. The health condition is eczema which is one of my main problems.

Working on my skin

When working with my therapist, we work on things that will help me relax my mind and skin. For example, we talk about triggers and how to address them during the week. Another thing my therapist has helped me with is addressing my stress levels and better managing them. I have been using deep breathing, journaling, and other techniques to manage my stress.

Therapy has helped me immensely

I wish I had started therapy a long time ago and didn’t listen to those around me who talked about it negatively. Therapy has helped me so much, and I have challenged my thoughts more. Another thing that I noticed is that when I am more mentally clear and my thoughts are in place, my skin is more relaxed. Overall, I feel like therapy has been a huge help for my health, which is why I will continue attending my sessions.

Have you gone to a therapist? What was your experience, either positive or negative?

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