How to go back to therapy : 6 ways to re-engage with mental health support
Being in therapy can be one way for you to invest in your mental wellbeing. Choosing to return to therapy after a break is an act of courage; it symbolises that like all of us, you need external support.
Here are six ways to re-engage with mental health support :
Get curious about what worked for you and what didn’t: Consider the nature of your relationship that made it work. Reflect on why you stopped seeking support and what may have prevented you from continuing. This can help you avoid similar obstacles in the future. Go ahead. Schedule an appointment (if you need to,here)
Choosing to continue therapy with your previous therapist: It is okay to reach out, don’t hesitate. You already have an established relationship with this person, and they already know about your history and patterns. Your therapist would be happy to hear from you.
Try a new type of therapy: If you have tried therapy before but didn't find it helpful, consider trying a different approach; take into consideration your values and cultural safety. Check out our directory of practitionershere.
Make mental health a priority: Make a commitment to prioritise your mental health and seek support regularly. This can involve scheduling regular appointments, setting reminders, or finding ways to make it easier to attend appointments.
Reach out to a trusted friend or family member: Talking to someone you trust can help you feel heard and understood, and they may be able to provide support and encouragement to help you take the next step to seek therapy.
Join a support group: If therapy feels too much to take on, consider joining a wellbeing support group to connect with others who have experienced similar struggles and can provide encouragement and advice. Check out what’s on offerhere,here, andhere.
Remember, mental health support is an ongoing process and it's okay if it takes time to find what works best for you. Don't give up, and keep seeking support until you find the right fit for you. Take notice to congratulate yourself for reaffirming the commitment to support your wellbeing.