I don't think my therapist understands SAD very well
I have been going to see a therapist (unlicensed, getting her PhD in psychology) at my university and the reason I am sticking with her is I get a few free sessions. I am frustrated with the whole thing though because I don't really feel she understands SAD. She has never even heard of the Liebowitz Scale. She told me that I should think about things that make me happy and practice breathing techniques when I'm nervous (I've tried, but I can't think of anything other than what's making me anxious, and deep breathing only heightens my anxiousness). Last week we were talking about connecting with people, and she was making it out that people aren't all that bad and people wouldn't really judge me for not having a social life/never having had a bf/being boring to talk to. I am sorry, but most people are that bad at judging. She even said that she didn't sense that I was anxious when she speaks with me, but I know I was trembling a little and I kept getting my thoughts mixed up and forgetting what I was saying. I can't afford a psychiatrist or else I would go to one. Next week I want to discuss assertiveness, but I am sure that I will get nothing from my session. I am really bummed about this.
I will be going to a group therapy session next week, but it is going to be with people with many different mental disorders, not necessarily people with SAD. I will try it once, but I don't see how these people without SAD will understand and and be able to relate to my SAD. I sure hope someone will be there with SAD.