Just stumbled in….

What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?

The experience that changed my life was being saved by God.  This may sound silly, but really it’s something you hear quite often.  I’m not the type who will shove my religion in your face or make you believe something you don’t, but I’m actually glad that I can finally talk about this freely on the internet. 

When I was around 13 years old, I was experiencing anxiety and depression.  Nobody could really figure out why, but now that I look back on it, I thought about life too much.  I felt an immense pressure about what I should make of my life and mortality.  I’ve heard that anxiety is critical thinking gone-bad. 

However, when I walked into that youth group meeting that day, I felt a sense of peace.  Maybe it was the people, maybe it was the way they treated me, maybe it was the music….it all came from God, anyway.  He put me in that room, at that time, on that Wednesday afternoon for a reason. 

After attending for a few weeks, my sadness and worry started to drift away.  I had a purpose.  I had a mission.  I felt actual real peace….that kind of peace that you cannot find anyway or anywhere else.

Since then, I’ve had days where I really feel a “relapse” coming on, if you will.  But, then, I remember.  I remember all of the lessons about how the enemy wants to steal my happiness, how it’s easy to choose darkness and worry.  I have to make a conscious decision to choose happiness and light most days, but I’ve gotta say, with God’s help, life is just that much easier.  I am grateful to have met my friends (brothers and sisters in Christ) who picked me up when I was down.  I am grateful that God gave me hand/foot coordination and rhythm so that I could be part of a praise and worship team.  I am grateful that God taught me patience and inner reflection.  I am grateful that I stumbled into that place.

Published by ThroughTheEyesOfaTherapist

Mental health clinician, advocate, boxer, drummer, healer. Podcaster, blogger and creative spirit. Cristal Martinez Acosta has been working as a therapist within the border community of El Paso, Texas since 2011. Cristal is a Licensed Professional Counselor Board Approved Supervisor (LPC-S) in the state of Texas and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Then she attended New Mexico State University (CACREP accredited), where she received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a 4.0 GPA. She has experience working with youth and adults who have been affected by traumatic events. Her areas of interest are childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, high-risk youth, depression, Reality Therapy, and immigration issues. She is certified in both Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy and trained in EMDR, EFT, Motivational Interviewing, and ITCT-A.

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