Looking for first time therapy tips + therapist recommendations in Vancouver.
March 30, 2012 2:16 PM Subscribe
I've come to the conclusion that some therapy/counselling would help me a lot, but as a life-long introvert I find the idea very intimidating and nerve-wracking. Looking for tips and encouragement on starting therapy, and recommendations for a good, preferably female and affordable, therapist in Vancouver BC.
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I've had what I think are some definite issues throughout most of my life. On a few occasions, I've fallen into deep pits of gloom for a few months at a time that seem similar to depressive episodes. I get anxious a lot, especially around strangers, and have a concern about my health that verges on hypochondria. I'm also at a confused "quarter life crisis" period right now where I'm not sure what to do with my life, and my anxiety about it is getting a bit out of control to point where I go on long crying jags. I don't like telling people these things, but I recently had a very drunk, cathartic conversation with my friend where he suggested that I really need to talk to someone, and he's probably right.
Unfortunately I am very, very uncomfortable talking about my feelings and rarely do, and the thought of going to a therapist makes me pretty anxious. Of course these feelings just seem like part of the reason I need to talk to one in the first place. As stupid as it is, just going to a therapist makes me feel like a 'damaged', 'crazy' woman and that I'm admitting that I have issues, while I've spent all my life trying to hide them. Any advice about getting over this first hurdle will be very much appreciated.
I would also like a recommendation for a therapist in Vancouver. I am a young woman (25), and would feel more comfortable with a female therapist but this is not necessary. I mainly just want someone who is understanding and unintimidating, and who will not push medications right away (I'm willing to take them if necessary but anti-depressants make me nervous). I am also not in school, and don't have a job with benefits, so I would prefer someone affordable. I don't even know how much I would expect to pay for therapy. I live in the downtown area but I can go pretty much anywhere within the city as long as it's accessible by public transit.
Thank you so much, in advance.