So I finally decided to go ahead and travel 3 hours each way to visit a therapist I found online. I'll be starting on Sunday.
Previously I've had three sessions with a therapist one year ago when I was down on account of the strain of completing my thesis, ending my 7-year relationship, and the prospect of unemployment. That was all right considering that the therapist was just supposed to help me keep my head above water at that point, but one lesson I did learn is that I have to be careful to make the sessions about my real needs and not about the impression I feel I can make on the therapist. The therapist I'm visiting on Sunday has experience with narcissistic patients (hence my pick) so I hope he'll be on guard for that as much as I will.
My intention is to start out with 3 or 4 sessions a month for some months and then to do maybe 1 session a month after that for maintenance.
Anyone else try getting psychotherapy? What have been your experiences?