I have found in my journey with bipolar depression that talk therapy is a big help. Talk therapy has become a crucial part of my life and trying to get better.
When you decide on talk therapy it is important that you and your therapist “click”. I have had talk therapy for 14 years now and I have had a few different therapists. My first therapist and I clicked. i feel because we were close in age. We also had some milestones such as engagement and marriage that were happening at the same time. I found with talk therapy a problem I have run into is that sometimes therapists move on and get jobs elsewhere. That can be extremely difficult. If you have a rapport with your therapist like I did my first one it can be downright devastating.
I have had good luck with therapists. Only two times did I say I am not able to talk to this person and open up. One lady was just plain out weird with her techniques and the other one I had seen for a couple years but I just did not feel a connection anymore after a while and I wanted to find someone new.
The therapist I have now needs an award. She has seen the not so nice part of me. We also have talked and talked like best friends catching up on the time we have spent apart. I really value my therapist. She is a big part of my life and road to wellness. I feel she has been the best therapist to date. She ask me when we started working together to give it at least 3 sessions before I made up my mind if I wanted to work with her. I knew by the second session it was a good match. I had anxiety though that she did not feel the same way, but it all worked out and we have been working together a while now.
It is very important to be able to open up to whomever you will be talking to, otherwise you will not make any progress.