You go to therapy in hopes of feeling better after your session. The truth is that you may come back home feeling worse than when you first walked into your session. It is important to not let any negative effects you are feeling after therapy discourage you from attending your sessions, as it means you are moving outside of your comfort zone with good changes coming forward.

Therapy Hangovers

Therapy gives you the opportunity to confide in your therapist about emotional issues that you have been keeping inside of you. You may have been feeling tense during the sessions, experienced some anger, and might have even cried. If you delved into something deep or uncomfortable, it may cause you to tap into emotions that are making you even more emotional and exhausted. If you feel lousy after your therapy session, it usually means you tapped into something serious.

Coping Tools After Your Therapy Session

Write in a journal about how you are feeling after your therapy session, as well as any time you have these feelings. Write about what is so difficult for you. It is also important to engage in self-care like mindfulness or yoga. Recreational activities can help you, as well, like going for a walk, taking a bath, reading a book, or other fun activities to help you feel good. Let yourself feel what you are feeling instead of running away from it. These feelings will be useful to talk about with your therapist in your next session.

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When to Call Your Therapist

You should speak to your therapist if these negative symptoms have been lasting for a few days. That way, your therapist can help you get back in the swing of things. You also know what you are feeling is serious if these symptoms are making it very hard for you to go to work. After all, there are only so many mental health days you can take before it impacts your future with the company. Your therapist can assess the situation by asking you what your symptoms are and how you are functioning. You will likely discuss which coping strategies may work best for you, be asked to call on your support system, and schedule another appointment within that same week. Remember — no matter what — it is crucial to always attend your therapy sessions because therapy can help you feel good for many years down the road.

Therapy gives you the opportunity to discover things about yourself that you may not have been aware of. Once your therapist helps you make these discoveries, it may lead you to feel uncomfortable, angry, or depressed. Do not let these feelings stop you from attending your therapy sessions. At Alta Loma’s transformative facility, we understand what it can feel like to reveal these skeletons you have been keeping in your closet. If you are not willing to give up on us, we will not give up on you. We can provide you with the tools you need to get through this rough and difficult time, such as individualized therapy with Master’s certified therapists who will stick by you on your journey. We also have therapeutic recreational activities, as well as life and coping skills education. For more details about the programs we offer and what you can gain from a stay at our facilities, give us a call today at (866) 457-3843.