Therapy is not an instant fix
If you go into therapy thinking it will offer a quick fix, or even that you’ll start seeing results right away, don’t be surprised if you’re disappointed by its actual pace. Therapy takes time, sometimes years, to have a positive impact on mental illness. It is a slow process, but that just means it will have a lasting effect on your life. Peeling back the layers of your psyche is not something that can happen in one or two sessions, and once your therapist gets to the root of your problem, they will then begin to teach you helpful coping strategies. But, just like learning a new language or hobby, you have to practice, practice, practice to master the skill. Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor will your emotional toolkit or mental strength. So, take your time and keep an open mind; approach therapy like a student taking lessons from a wise teacher.