What is it like in a therapy session?
Therapy will look and feel different depending on the specific skills of who you are working with and your needs.
Therapy is about learning to navigate your internal map. It is common to explore forgotten roads or land features to get more familiar with your map before you figure out where you need to go.
Therapy will always involve a preparation phase before addressing the tough stuff, and everyone is different with how long they need. First you'll dip your toe in the lake, then we'll make sure you're ready with floaties before you decide to jump in! Preparation can involve SSP music for all or part of the session, or exploring other life factors to ensure you have practiced feeling stable, supported, and calm, before we move forward. This might include guided meditation, imaginative parts work, ASSYST, and creating a coping toolbox with grounding techniques such a breath work and practice.
When all of you is ready and willing, your therapist will guide you towards your destination of healing. The goals is to process lingering unhelpful thoughts, feelings, or body sensations related to a past, present, or future events. This is often done with EMDR but can also be addressed with parts work, the coping toolbox, or talk psychotherapy.