Hey everyone, it’s Jamie again.
I had my second session with my new female therapist today who specializes in trauma counseling.
Before we get to talk about what happened, today we went through a breathing exercise that allows me to balance my panic attacks/flashbacks. In order for me to talk about the rape, I have to be calm and in a relaxed state of mind, so I have to practice this 9x’s a day for the next two weeks until my next appointment.
I feel I’ll be okay, seeing as those I’m taking slow, but necessary steps, to reclaiming my life back. It also helps knowing i have you guys to lean on, and a certain friend of mine in my corner.
I’ll keep everyone posted as usual.

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  1. Natalie M Day Captain

    Hi Jaime! Thank you for the update! I’m glad your second session went well. This sounds like a good idea, and I hope it helps relieve some of your panic attacks and flashbacks. You are doing great, and moving in the right direction! I’m glad you are part of AVFTI! Keep staying strong! Wish you the best. Keep us updated!

  2. music2799 Day Captain

    Hi Jamie Marie,
    That sounds like an amazing first step, and I hope it helps you through your panic attacks and flashbacks. Thank you for updating us. We’re happy to hear from you, and we’re proud of you for taking steps to reclaim your life. You got this!

  3. Turnschaosintoart Day Captain

    Hi Jamie Marie,
    Glad to hear you found a female who can help you. I have found these breathing exercises to be beneficial as well. I wish you all the best in your sessions. I really hope they help. Keep us updated.

  4. rkr18 Volunteer

    Jamie Marie,

    So happy to hear from you again. I’m excited about your progress, 1 session, 1 step at a time. Remember we are on your corner. Continue to keep us posted on your progress.
    -continued strength and courage

  5. Solongago Volunteer

    thanks for sharing. I hope this works out really well for you. It is interesting the different approaches there are to this stuff. Take it easy and know that we all care about you.

  6. Alyssa Day Captain

    Hi Jamie Marie,
    I’m so happy for you. Thank you for updating us. Good luck with your new therapist. It sounds like you are getting to a great place in your life and you are getting rid of everything that doesn’t have to be in it. Let us know how it goes.

  7. Bluebell13 Volunteer

    Dear Jamie Marie,
    I am so glad that your new therapist is taking time to teach you how to calm yourself and manage anxiety before you start to work on the really hard stuff. It sounds like you are off to a good start and that you are very hopeful. We will be here for you through it. You’ve got this!
    Sending you love and strength,

  8. MH Volunteer

    Hey Jamie Marie,
    Happy to hear that you are doing well today. Breathing exercises are an excellent way to calm yourself down.
    Thank you for the update!

  9. Erin O'Callaghan Day Captain

    Thanks for coming back to share, Jamie. I remember doing that with one of my first therapists, and that was helpful. I hope it goes well for you. It’s small steps, but they are important ones. Keep at it.