The common wisdom is that a person needs four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. I doubt that this is confirmed by any scientific studies and I doubt that it is true. If it were, there would be millions of people on Earth who would not survive....more
Finding a therapist today is a little like online dating. It's not that much of a stretch; therapy is a relationship after all. For it to be effective, the client needs to be at least as emotionally vulnerable with a therapist as with a potential partner.
Things get personal in therapy from the very beginning. People often reveal more in the first few sessions with a therapist then they ever do in other relationships. In order for clients to be comfortable, they want to feel a connection with the therapist before they commit.
I finally got in with my psychologist yesterday and I couldn't be happier. I have been waiting and waiting to be able to talk to someone uninhibited.I have a great support system, but I often feel like my illness is a burden on them as well. Because they care about me, they worry about me. When I vent over and over again about the same things, it wears on them. I know that they will always be there for me, but now I don't have to worry them with the insignificant things....more
Therapy comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. For some the best therapy comes from sitting down with a licensed therapist, but others prefer more unconventional methods such as cooking, exercise, dance, yoga, etc. ...more
While I was in therapy today I got to this place of curiosity as to where my standards come from. Specifically, how I achieved 3 things this week, but since they would be considered minor to anyone else, I found myself thinking/ saying "it was great, but I could have done so much more..." the issue of never being good enough. Where does my standard for daily achievement for a depressed girl come from?...more
There are myriads of reasons that a couple may enter the therapy process. The most often repetitive theme seems to encompass adjustment issues, communication deficiencies in conflict management, and inability to express and manage emotional states, sometimes coupled with an inability to be able in the relationship with a voluntary behavior or communication to show love, support, and affection. ...more
My eight-year-old son Jack is starting therapy soon to address the post-traumatic stress issues that are causing us all concern now that he has finished treatment for cancer. The short term goal is to address the needle phobia associated with it, which is more accurately described as a “lab-induced panic spiral,” but ultimately he has a LOT of anxiety that controls him and if we could ease that even a little bit, I’ll consider it a WIN....more
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