As someone that lives with a mental illness I am again and again frustrated by the misconceptions and bias. I will always do my best to approach therapy with an open mind. I believe that you know your illness, your culture, and yourself better than anyone else. I ask that you be patient and teach me. I don't want to assume anything because I feel that our assumptions are often the root of our ignorance.
Some believe that chronic mental health conditions can be cured. I do not. I believe that chronic mental health conditions can be managed and controlled just like any other chronic condition such as diabetes. I don't want to discount the work that you are putting in even once you have left therapy to maintain your mental health.
I volunteer on the Crisis Text Line. I have volunteered with youth programs, homeless shelters, disability workshops, and veteran programs. I worked in a clinic for substance abuse. Advocacy, inclusivity, and giving back are important to me.