Seeing a therapist or clinician is not a sign of weakness. It may take a few tries and a bit of ‘shopping around’ to find a therapist you feel good about working with (after all, they’re people with distinct personalities, beliefs, and behaviors too) but the payoff is usually worth the effort. Unlike advocates, a therapist is a professional with the training to help you work through the emotional part of healing in a much deeper and more personalized way.

Remember: don’t worry about hurting a therapist’s feelings by turning them down, ending service, or asking for a referral. It is literally their job to help you and a good therapist knows that none of these things should be taken personally. Focus on your own needs and goals, not what you think the therapist’s are!