Therapist: What will you have written on your tombstone?
Me: Time flies whether you are having fun or not.
Therapist: [snorting] That is a bit cynical, isn’t it?
Me: [silently to my self] *Well, yeah…but it is true.*
She dissed my epitaph and she took my money. I smiled but I didn’t return. I am pissed and I am not cured.
Therapy is not a one-time thing. It is more like chemo without the physical aspects: painful, repetitive, and no guarantee of a cure. The anecdote above is true. I did not return to that therapist, but I have gone to others with varying degrees of success. If you choose to pursue talk therapy, then do it wholeheartedly, but not naively. Attend sessions with a person or group you respect for a specific amount of time, then with a clear head and calm heart assess if the process is helping you or not.
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