Feeling alone

I know I’ve already posted twice about being raped, but my therapist won’t be able to see me again until February.
Therapy is the only thing I have to look forward to each week, and this time I feel I really need it because of the PTSD and nightmares of the rape I’ve been experiencing.
I just don’t know what to do, or who to talk to about it other than here.


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14 comments

  1. Erin O'Callaghan Day Captain

    Hi Jamie,

    You can always come back here to talk with us. We will be here for you. I am glad that therapy seems to be helping you, too. Have you thought about talking to your therapist about how you could maybe share or lean on other supports in your life? Maybe that would be helpful. Please let us know what else you may need.

    Erin

  2. Jacqui

    JamieMarie, you can always always always come here. Can you see a different therapist? I am so sorry that you are going through this tough time and your therapist isn’t there. You can come here any time you need to talk or want to. We are here and you don’t have to go through this alone.

  3. music2799 Day Captain

    Hi JamieMarie25,
    I’m sorry you won’t be able to see your therapist until February and that you’ve been dealing with PTSD and nightmares.
    You can post as much as you need to. Writing can be cathartic, and it could help you work through your emotions.
    We will be here to support you. Please let us know if you need anything.

  4. Bethany Volunteer

    Hey there. You can text VOICE to 741741 if we aren’t available. We are always here to listen, there’s no post limit. You can always talk about what’s bothering you.

  5. Ashley Day Captain

    Jamie,

    There’s not a limit on how many times you can make a post. Coming to terms with the fact that you won’t be able to see your therapist until February must be devastating; we’re more than willing to support you until you’re able to see your therapist again.

    Please let me know if you need anything.

  6. Lpmatthews

    Were here for you! Post as much as you like. Ive been where your at. You will get through this.

  7. Girasole Volunteer

    Not matter how many posts, we are always here for you and we’ll always shower you with support and care. I can imagine that it’s really tough to not be able to see your therapist until February, especially when it’s something you look forward to so much.

    There are great resources online like sites that offer coping skills that may help with the PTSD and nightmares, support groups, and The Crisis Text Line that serves to bring those in crisis from a hot moment to a cool calm. Know that you are not alone in this. I wish you the best.

  8. RainsOnMyParade

    JamieMarie25,

    Don’t ever worry about writing too much, we’re here for you! Living with PTSD and nightmares can be really hard. You’re not alone. Many survivors deal with this on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are healthy ways to cope with it. There are lots of resources online about learning self-care, mindfulness, grounding techniques, and other healthy ways to cope. And feel free to come to us as often as you need through this tough time.

    I wish you the best in your road to recovery.
    -Danielle

  9. Alyssa Day Captain

    Hi JamieMarie25,
    You can come and talk to us whenever you need to. We are all here for you and want to make sure you are safe and okay. I know how hard PTSD and nightmares can get. I think a helpful thing to do to cope with that is if you wake up with a nightmare, breath slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth. If you struggle to breath in time because of how scary the nightmares are I can attach a link that I got from the crisis helpline to help you breath in time. Once you do that close your eyes and just think of a happy or safe place. Say what you see out loud. That should calm you down and help you. You can also text the crisis helpline by texting VOICE to 741-741. They are open 24/7.
    If you need anymore help you can write back whenever you need to.
    -Alyssa
    (This is the link for the deep breathing.)
    https://thumbs.mic.com/MDM5NDYxMGJmMCMvd1czRURsZGxOc0FRM016WmZtZ0E4VFNRVWQ0PS9maXQtaW4vOTAweDkwMC9maWx0ZXJzOm5vX3Vwc2NhbGUoKTpxdWFsaXR5KDgwKS9odHRwOi8vaW1hZ2VzLm1pYy5jb20vZnh1NWxjNGh2d2RseXdwYmdobDU2YnV2ZGp1a2VqbXd5YnhpZXYxanRmaGlvZGNhcWtpaXR5d2N5NWFlc2dlNy5naWY.gif

  10. Kristen Eby

    JamieMarie25, don’t worry about how many times you post. We are here to support you and help as you work through this. Unfortunately many of us also suffer from PTSD and nightmares…I myself don’t deal with PTSD, but I certainly have nightmares. I know what it feels like to wake up in a cold sweat, terrified and unsure what is real and what is not. Please lean on us as much as you need to in the coming month or two.

    If you ever need to talk to someone immediately, you can text VOICE to 741-741 and be connected with a trained counselor for free. It’s helped me in dark times before.

    Kristen

  11. MinZRivers Volunteer

    Hi Jamie, this is what your AVFTI family is here for. You can post as often as you need here. We can be your coping technique while your therapist is out of reach. Don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you feel the need. Someone will always be here for you!?

  12. Heather GG

    Please come back and post as often as you need. We are here for you.

    It sucks that you can’t see your therapist until February. If you need someone to talk to now, text Voice to 741741. It is a crisis text line and they can help.

  13. rkr18 Volunteer

    JamieMarie25

    I so sorry that you have to experience nightmares and PTSD and not have someone to help you or talk to. We are here to help if you to talk to someone. Also, please check out our resources on our website. . There you can find other support groups, and agencies, that can provide some support during this time too. Please keep reaching out to us!

    Marie

  14. Nikkiledgerwood Volunteer

    Hey JamieMarie25,

    I know the struggles of ptsd after being sexually assaulted. It’s really tough to overcome. It’s something most of us deal with whether it’s right away or later on in life. If you need to talk to anyone I’m always here and so is the rest of our AVFTI family. We here and we support you.

    -Nikki