Our expert says:
Great to hear from you again, though I'm sorry to hear you're having a rough patch at present. You're probably right that in an odd way, being now in a safe and comforting relationship and free from the abuse you were used to, may be enabling you to let some of the hurt from the past well up and at times, feel like it's overwhelming you.
For those of us who know you here, we know also your impressive strengths and kindness, which you are perhaps more able to show towards others than to yourself.
Yes, therapy would be a great idea. As I always say it needs to be based on a proper assessment ( you can't choose the best recipe until you've decided what needs to be cooked ). I gather there might be some Medical Aid funding available but not till next year ? Let's think creatively of other alternatives. Check out what ought to be available, at your local Big State Hospital, and especially at the Dept of Psychiatry at your nearest Medical School.
As part of the problem arises from prior abuse, I wonder whether POWA or some similar group has some suggestions for affordable counselling, maybe even joining some groups of the formerly abused. Some such setting in which you can give as well as get, might suit you well.
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