I've seen 3 - 4 therapists and 3 councilors over the past 20 years. Always with longer breaks.
(Yikes! Reading this makes me look like a real nut case!) 🙂
I found the councilors the most helpful and supportive, very kind, open-minded and down to earth.
The therapist were very objective and professional and taught me to try to see sober facts.
I "felt" misunderstood, provoked, annoyed, disappointed, rejected, hurt, exposed, humiliated, exhausted, angry... you name it!
That might not have helped me directly with my challenges in life or with SA but to grow and mature emotionally like Cool Ice Dude put it.
Meds were hardly ever offered to me, never taken any, except some Naturopath stuff.
I can't believe, professionals actually rejecting people and telling them, they are too messed up!
If course, not every therapist and type of therapy is suitable for everyone. And of course there are quacks and xxxholes.
But you have to be open-minded and be willing to critically confront yourself with your inner self and emotions and attitudes!
That p*sses many off! Therapy is no passiv act! Therapists don't have the obligation to provide.