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You have decided to take a leap of faith and go on a journey filled with excitement but also uncertainty with a person you have not met nor do you know anything about this professional. You will come to trust her over time and you will expect her to look out for your own best interests.

It is scary to learn to trust someone you barely know in the therapeutic relationship. It is hard to take a good look at the issues that bring you to a place where you can learn to communicate in a more productive way and learn to share your feelings, your thoughts, and sometimes your spiritual struggles. But in the right place and with the right therapist, you learn that it’s OK to be human and make mistakes, that crying can be a source of strength and not weakness, that sometimes everything is not your fault,and there are times when you need to accept responsibility for actions that hurt others and yourself.

You learn to have compassion for yourself and for others, and you learn to set boundaries in order to protect yourself and the people you come in contact with. In such a place as this, she will respect any boundary you set about discussing spiritual matters, but if you want to express your doubts, fears, and even anger, she will be accepting of where you are in your relationship with God.

If it is a good therapeutic relationship, she will laugh with you, share tears  when you are struggling with losses, gently steer you in the right direction during times of confusion and denial, and comfort you in times of sadness. She will help you set goals for your life and action plans to meet those goals. Therapy can be a fearful process to engage in, but the rewards are many and you will grow in your relationship with yourself, other people, and God.