"The only person that truly knows you is you."
The first realisation for me in therapy was finding out that I didn't know myself as well as I thought I did. I had this image of myself that I had built up in my head but when Jessica delved in deeper, I was opened to different dimensions that I had never discovered before.
I first started with Jessica for stress and anxiety but life happened, and many other issues came up which we also started to work through. Stress and anxiety are still a big part of my life, but we seem to strike a good balance managing to work through those as well as other experiences that have came up.
I never realised how much talking to someone for an hour could be such a huge weight off my shoulders. Someone who wasn't going to judge me for my mistakes, my thoughts or my feelings; it has made such a huge impact on my life. The way I look at myself has completely changed because I have learned that I am enough, I deserve to be happy and most importantly, I know that I am human. I was allowed to sit and cry in session and not feel like I was being silly. I was allowed to say that I had made mistakes, admit that I was scared or embarrassed and not feel like I was the worst person on the planet, even though that's how I felt at the time.
I work on myself each and every day and I believe if you want to improve yourself, you have to. I call my time with Jessica, "my therapy journey" but it's not a journey, it's a time of my life where I'm struggling and I'm asking for help. Asking for help is something that I didn't like to do before; I wanted to do everything on my own and show the world that I was strong. I know now that just because I ask for help, that doesn't mean I'm weak; asking for help is one of the strongest things you can do.
Every time I sit down with Jessica, I learn something new about myself. I feel motivated, I feel inspired and I know I will be okay. Life happens; it kicks you when you're really down and it lifts you up when you're on cloud nine, but learning to deal with what life gives you is such a powerful tool and I'm so glad I can learn these tools not just for the present but for my future too.
Written anonymously by a Jessica Leigh CBT client.
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