“It doesn’t mean you are a failure if you need therapy or help.”
In her recent video, Amelia Mandeville candidly chats about the reasons why she decided to go to therapy, the process, and how it helped her life for the better.
She talks in detail about her phobia of throwing up and how it was affecting her day-to-day activities. After being told by several people that she should see someone to help her with her phobia, she decided to take the plunge and ask for a referral for therapy.
However, the first time around, Amelia didn’t get past the application process as she was too scared to go on. The stigma around going to therapy made her anxious and ashamed about going but, as she now realises, there is nothing wrong with therapy. In fact, she mentions thinking that everyone should go!
After a few months passed from her first attempt at applying to therapy, she realised that she needed to try again and stick with it because she needed help. This involved going to see her GP who wasn’t too understanding about her anxieties and instead focused on her weight. Putting this aside, Amelia still decided to refer herself to therapy and was put on the waiting list.
In the video she chats about how, at the beginning of therapy, the process can be very emotionally-draining, as you keep having to reconsider how you are feeling and what you want to overcome. However, she knew that this was just leading to her getting the help she needed, so it was all worth it.
When she got her results back, she was told that she had severe anxiety and was referred to cognitive behavioural therapy, a type of talking therapy that is used to help people manage their problems by changing the way they think or behave. Amelia describes this type of therapy as “therapy with homework”.
She ends the video with how thankful she is for the NHS, despite the waiting lists, as she was able to get this service for free, mentioning that the anxiety she had towards therapy at the beginning of this process would have never allowed her to pay for the service. We loved Amelia’s honesty in this video and found the insight into the process behind going to therapy so helpful!
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