Yesterday I went in to the local CSB affiliate, to have my intake for counseling appointment ...
Now, let me say something right here: I am a person who has been in therapy off and on since I was 16 years old (and had some really excellent therapists who talked to me like I actually had a brain); I have discussed therapy-type issues with a number of friends since that time; and I've read extensively in the field. I'm not talking so much pop psychology - I'm talking non-fiction books, even medical journals (and naturally websites). I've even read the diagnosing manual! And I've been in enough 12-step meetings (since 1988) where I've certainly heard just about everything under the sun in this category (a marriage counselor who can't stay sober AND who has a rocky marriage, for example ...).
So I know what I've got going on ... and I know w/ my anxiety disorder, I'm in what they call an avoidant stage, where I simply avoid as much as I can, to quell the anxiety.
I did not care for it when the intake therapist called it (twice!) procrastination! Such a word smacks of someone who is lazy, and that's another word that just makes my skin crawl!
I didn't correct him because (a) he seemed like he was having enough of his own problems there (another story, that one) and (b) to be honest - I don't see myself getting "real therapy" there - which actually is fine with me! I'm too emotionally exhausted w/ no trust to be dredging up my life again - and - by going to there group therapy sessions, it shall keep me on meds - which is what I really NEED
to become less AVOIDANT.