Therapy Chronicles: The First Step

Going to therapy wasn’t something easy for me to do. I felt a lot of shame and weakness for even thinking about going. I can’t remember what initially pushed me to go, but my first session was my last for a while. I knew I had demons eating away at me and needed a healthy outlet besides my journal. It was hard for me to imagine being that vulnerable with another person.

Eventually, I hit a low point and took my little ass back to therapy. I kept it superficial and only spoke about petty friend drama, presented myself with my fake smile mask, and shared my big dreams. He politely listened and gave feedback, but eventually, he started to push for me to go deeper. One day he asked, “Why are you here in my office?”; a question that left me speechless.

The truth was I didn’t fully know. I knew I didn’t feel like myself, and each day my outlook on the world looked bleaker, but I didn’t know where to begin with why. Something about spilling my deep darkest secrets to a stranger seemed off to me, but keeping them buried inside slowly killed me. So, I went on to explain the truth behind my smile. Regardless of what I’m feeling, I smile all the time to distract people from the pain I suppressed deep down. I was there for him to help me produce a genuine smile.

Honesty became very hard for me; I was lying to keep up this perfect image of myself and was terrified to face the truth of what was happening behind that smile. When I finally took the first step and revealed a small portion of myself, that became my first honest therapy session.


  1. I recently started going back to therapy, and while its hard to make that decision its the best decision that I made for myself!

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  2. My daughter pushed me to talk to a therapist. I had feelings and behaviors similar to the blogger. I do not regret making that move.

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