252/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me. About 200 gratitude posts ago (wow, that’s a big number to comprehend), I showed appreciation for my therapist who got me through my separation, eventual move out on my own, and acceptance of my situation. I saw her for a year and she acted as a sounding board and was very reflective in nature mirroring what I said (and needed) playing more of a life coach role. This year, I decided to go back to therapy to now work on myself even further and delve into what makes me who I am. I had the choice of seeing the same therapist but I decided that she was great at what she helped me with but I needed to find someone who might challenge me further. This new therapist not only does that but she calls me on things which I was initially taken aback by but I have made huge strides in 5 sessions delving into my childhood and the absence of a father figure. This therapist “S” also told me that her way may challenge me and it has – she stops me mid-sentence to have me feel the emotion associated with the words/thoughts that I am expressing which is something I rarely do. She also has taught me how to give numerical value to all the emotions I feel and to also appreciate my own worth instead of looking for others’ approval/trying to win them over with my actions – something that I am totally guilty of and am now cognizant of. Her therapy sessions are more than just talk at/with but involve the use of props, homework and readings with a big focus on my cognition and also approaching that little boy of 6 or 7 that saw a lot but did not understand it and decided to become the good boy to not disappoint anyone – now that’s what I call a breakthrough. Getting in touch with the younger me has helped me to see how I became the me of today. Thank you S for really challenging me to look into myself rather than just superficially at my actions. I look forward to more sessions to really work on myself to become an even better version of me.