I just got back from my first counselling session at Planned Parenthood Toronto (PPT). So far so good, I’m very excited! I’ll be going biweekly for a year.
The first session is always that rehash that I’m sure many of you are familiar with. You break out into the same story you’ve told all professionals before. Your family, you childhood, your suicide attempts, your coping, traumas blah blah blah. That’s what we did and as usual I do it with a smile because years of retelling this stuff has made me not care about it.
My social worker, J, is very into art therapy so her and I should get a long great! She told me that she’s getting the equipment for sandplay therapy (sandplaycanada.ca) so we could try that in the summer! J also does colleges, which I love, so we are going to do some of that too! I’ve never done something hands on like this in counselling so I’m up for the experience!
At my request she’s also giving me a referral to the psychiatrist that comes to PPT once a month so I can possibly get in there during the summer and find out if I’ve changed enough to be deemed mentally healthy, if I’m something else, or if I’m the same. I guess regardless I’m going to carry on as I always do!
We ended with my counselling goals:
- Make the angry moments in my life less intense
- Stop cutting completely and develop more positive coping strategies
I’m hoping that this time around will be my best effort into counselling yet!