A Therapist Goes to Therapy

Because talking to myself in the mirror didn’t work

Johnzelle Anderson
5 min readJul 25, 2023
Photo by Finn on Unsplash

I’ve been a therapist for eight years and I often tell folx, “Don’t trust a therapist who hasn’t been to therapy.”

I’ve been to counseling intermittently since I was first diagnosed with panic disorder in 2012. I had been seeing my last therapist for over four years until I had to fire her in February.

Since that relationship ended, I continued managing my anxiety with medication, exercise, and lots of writing and reading.

I was maintaining some sense of stability.

In the past few months, a series of events disrupted this stability and I’ve found myself overwhelmed.

Going to the gym, writing my memoir, journaling, and yoga have helped, but I needed something more.

Don’t trust a therapist who hasn’t been to therapy.

While I believe in therapy, I don’t think you need to attend nonstop to live a healthy life, but when life delivered that sucker punch, I figured I should practice what I preach and start counseling again.

The search begins

Finding a therapist is hard! I know this because my clients tell me so.

I’ve called over 20 therapists and you’re…