It was back in Elementary school, my parents had separated and my momma had thought that it would be a good idea for my sister and I to talk to someone, she was right. When we arrived, the therapist took me straight back into a very open and bright room, I sat on the couch, pretty much staring at the floor in complete silence.
The therapist asked if there was anything I wanted to talk about, and I replied “No, not really.” He said that it was okay, and a few more silent moments passed. After a while, he brought out magazines and told me to cut out pictures for a collage, once I did, he asked me to describe how the collage made me feel, and I replied “Angry.” Most of the pictures I’d had picked out were in relation to alcohol, and that brought up some strong feelings for me. He said “okay, well if you need to hit something, you can hit me.”
To be honest I was pretty shocked, who just offers to let you hit them? Regardless, I knew that he really wanted to help me, my therapy sessions soon became a time that I looked forward to, and he was very easy to talk to. He was the reason that I chose to go into school for psychology, and he’s probably a big reason that I write about mental health today. If I could say anything to my therapist, it would be thank you. Thank you for showing me patience, understanding, and for showing me what it’s like to really feel heard.
Melanie is just an ordinary girl, living an extraordinary life. She has Spina Bifida, which caused her to be born paralyzed from the waist down, she has had twenty-three surgeries, but she has never let that stop her from achieving her dreams. Melanie was a psychology major, before being forced to drop out due to medical issues, as devastating as that was, she picked herself back up and decided to pursue her dream of being an author, she is currently working on her first small book called “Befuddled Societies guide to Spina Bifida,” which will be out in a few weeks, hopefully. Melanie also suffers from anxiety and depression, and that’s the reason she wants to help others going through the same thing – because she knows how it feels to feel all alone.
You can follow Melanie S at her Facebook page.