In a recent podcast I was listening to entitled “Oprah’s Master Class: The Podcast” featuring Goldie Hawn, she speaks about a time in her life when she was struggling with depression, and subsequently made the decision to go to therapy. This is what she had to say about the process:
“I became depressed. I felt that I was detached; detached from everything I knew. I was afraid I was never going home again. So I then saw a doctor. I wanted help. I started to go back, from the beginning, to remember all of the aspects of my life, with all of the fears – remembering all of these little things that you think just don’t matter. You think to yourself, ‘Oh I dealt with that,’ and I realized that I didn’t really deal with it. I didn’t really go back and look at it. So in a way, I went on one side of the river; I really dove right in the river – my psyche, my being, my intellectualizing, my emotions, my uncertainty – I dove in the river. I didn’t find a bridge to go over it, I didn’t say ‘Hey I’m going to do a couple of quick therapy sessions and I’m going to be cool,’ I went for nine years. It was the most extraordinary experience of my life.”
There is a value to exploration. There is a value to self-reflection. Sometimes we have to push past our fears – fearful that we won’t be able to handle the truth of something, fearful that we won’t be able to change something, fearful that we will discover a reality we have been denying. Going to therapy allows you to be curious, and curiousity always tempers fear. But the best part? Is that therapy allows you to do so with another person, to walk down that fearful path with a trusted companion. It is the relationship that heals 🙂
To listen to the full episode: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/own/oprahs-master-class/e/60420704
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