walking thru many changes

bigstock-New-you-old-you-48073835-e1426973137874As I sat in session yesterday, There was a moment I made a strong eye contact with my therapist when he asked me a hard question, and in that moment I felt a trust I have never felt even in the 8 1/2 years I have worked with my therapist on this healing journey.

I felt this newness in me, I felt like the young part (in that moment) let go of all the old messages and all the old fears and just allowed TRUST to be present and I felt heard, and I felt supported, and I felt a letting go in that moment – another change on this journey.

There have been so many changes going on inside of me the past couple of months. Some are noticeable, and some are only ones that can be felt and seen by me’ changes that only I can experience that have no words to explain.

One of the biggest changes is the work in therapy and the connection I have been able to hold onto – even from the younger part side of me that holds all those old messages from the past. I feel CONNECTED even in the hard days. I feel the old me fading and the new me emerging – but it doesn’t go without a fight to keep this going. It takes work, it takes trust, it takes consistency.

My therapist has used this quote to me the past couple weeks and that is “Nothing changes and yet everything changes” .. meaning as he said to me – “as you move through the many changes going on inside of you on this new path you are walking through, nothing changes in our work together, nothing changes in the support, care and love for you in this work, nothing changes in the connection and trust in our work together, and yet everything changes in such a good connecting way as I seek new ways this path is moving for you

So, what has changed? For me what I have noticed the most is the ability to trust the connection outside of therapy without disengaging out of safety and protection for self. Before I would create a wall outside of therapy out of fear of depending on the process of therapy an my therapist – making it really hard when I had my next session because we had to re-connect all over again, and the work became about connection and not healing.

I have/had this HUGE fear of dependency for such a long long time, and now for the first time ever, I am allowing myself to be connected even outside of therapy, to the process, to myself, and to the connection our work holds inside and outside.

One of the things my therapist says to me at the end of every session in a gentle way is – – “if you need any reminding or you need any support outside of session, lean in, all ways of connecting are here for you

Before – I would completely disconnect myself from that out of fear it meant I was dependent, and if I DID lean in, or reach out outside of therapy, there was such guilt and shame that it would disconnect me and we would have to work hard to re-build that connection

Now – I feel a new kind of acceptance, I feel I can now reach out anytime I need to and accept that it doesn’t mean dependency, it means I am struggling and its OK to ask for help, and nothing changes, because I am still my “independent self”. I have learned that a part of independence, is allowing myself good healthy attachment, connection and support, and the difference is, when I come back into therapy the day after, or after I lean in outside of session, there is no disconnection or shame – connection is already present.

This is a HUGE step for me; even writing about it is a huge acceptance to change and letting others see this change.

This is probably one of the biggest changes, because from day 1 in therapy – almost 9 years ago – the first thing I said to Andy my therapist was “The day I depend on you, is the day I quit this therapy” hahaha I remember the look on his face even today. I said to him “I am NOT dependent on you nor will I ever be, I am my OWN person!”

To this day, we still laugh when we talk about that, because it’s the one thing I truly feared the most. It’s an old message from my past – I was feared into depending on those who abused me and since then I feared ever going through that again.

This fear of dependency got in the way a lot in our work in therapy when I needed to lean on his support or accept talking about really hard things. It created a lot of projection in our work as well. We called it the “D” word! Didn’t even want to say the word Dependent!

“Healing is a process that takes time”

Now, I am not going to say its easy.. it takes work to continue with these new changes.. some days are harder than others. I still struggle with a battle going on inside of me between the young beliefs and the new beliefs. Some days the old messages from the past are louder than the truths I know today, But it’s here and I am working so hard to continue holding this newness in acceptance.

There are so many changes going on within me as I continue to work with the younger little me who holds the pain and wounds and old messages thatΒ  get in the way of living the way I want to live, and its a process! but as I work with these changes, its allowing me to seek these deep wounds and feelings I have never been able to reach because of those old barriers!

Emotions is another change for me. I am beginning to FEEL emotions for the first time and yet I am noticing there are some things I am NUMB to – but the difference is, I know when I am feeling and I now know when I am numb – where before I would disconnect and project those feelings on others. I feel present to all the things going on inside of me. I can’t say emotions is something I accept as I still struggle with that, but I can feel and understand what it is I am feeling now.

I am still struggling with isolation that I have been stuck in for a couple of years now, but I truly believe as these changes emerge within me, I will continue to take more steps out of that . . . .

The work between my therapist and I have been amazing, and I am truly blessed to have a wonderful therapist who is open and patient to all these changes emerging within me. He has really inspired me to find the trust in this journey, in the process, and in him. I don’t even have the words to express what a good kind-hearted person he is! Truly a blessing that God has placed on my path to healing.

I have always said this through the years of writing in my blog about my healing journey and around therapy and the work I do with my therapist and that is “healing is a process that takes time“, there are surface wounds, and then there are deep deep wounds that take a long time to get to, and its a process of getting there, and in that process comes changes – changes both good and hard, scary at times, painful and hardening – yet all those are healing!


 

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9 comments

  1. Oh! Sustained connection with your therapist. This IS a HUGE benchmark – this reliance while feeling independent. Congratulations!!!

    What you wrote, about our numb feelings being projected onto others, helps me. What it tells me, is that my feelings NEED to be felt, so they will be felt THAT way, if I’m not acknowledging them within myself. I love this new awareness – this says to me in a backward way, that I am NOT numb, just a trifle disowning. THIS is a HUGE awareness – I am not really numb!

    I wonder if your (and my) ‘need’ to isolate will begin to wither, for its message that it could send no other way is getting through to us.

    Great post! Gentle hug in thanks

    1. Thank you …. I am glad it helped you in a sense of your own! I do hope that by talking about my feelings, the isolation will wither . . . . keep writing, keep using the voice… it has helped me!

  2. So glad you have a therapist who is truly there for you and helping you on this process and journey. So happy that you are making progress and seeing it for yourself.

  3. I am so glad that you are sharing your journey. It sounds like you are making great strides in the healing process. I loved what you said “I have learned that a part of independence, is allowing myself good healthy attachment, connection and support,” sounds like we are on a similar journey.

    1. Hi Jackie! thank you for reading and connecting to my blog, and I am so glad that you could make a connection to it in your own healing. This is what I love most about writing, is connecting with others who are on a similar journey :)

  4. Glad I found your blog through #authenticbloggers! While I can’t pinpoint an exact moment of trauma, I did spend many, many years in an emotionally traumatic situation. I’ve never been to a therapist, but I suspect it would be beneficial for me. Thank you for sharing your journey! It takes a lot of courage to be an open book, especially in the blogosphere where keeping up appearances is favored.

    1. Hi Shelly!!! I am glad you found me as well :) I hope we can make more of a connection through our blogs :) . . . I think seeing a therapy was LIFE CHANGING for me! If you find the right therapist who clicks with you and your journey, it could be SO helpful! I got lucky and was connected to a wonderful therapist right away . . . . that is GOD … I truly believe that1

  5. I am new to your blog. I find so many changes too since I have accepted that it is ok to reach out to my therapist. I always found that hard, letting vulnerability show, letting her know I needed her in between sessions. She is always so encouraging though and assures me I am not dependent just because sometimes I need some extra support. Your therapist sounds very wise, as do you. Sending lots of support, I already love your blog and I’ve just started reading! XX

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