I'm returning home tomorrow morning. The depression has mostly lifted and I'm feeling much more like myself. I met twice with my sister's therapist and she was really helpful. In the first session, I told her I was a survivor of child sexual abuse and she shared with me that she was also a survivor. Perhaps not everyone would like a therapist sharing personal history, but it made me much more comfortable--I felt she could truly understand how difficult the healing process is.
I'm feeling fear about returning home because I was so deeply depressed before i left. I talked about my fears with the therapist and discussed ways to handle the transition to being back. I haven't been in therapy since 2009 and am going to call a therapist that was recommended to me as soon as the holidays are over. I will have to have a lot of compassion for myself when I get back and take things slowly.