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Worried about today's session

Posted by Dinah on November 14, 2003, at 10:20:02

Silly I know. These things have usually blown over for my therapist by the next session.

I don't recall much of last session. We had been talking for a while about him challenging me more in therapy as opposed to being more supportive. So last time he decided to try it out.

I fell apart completely. I don't remember much of it. Just bits and pieces. I did a pretty good job of blanking out what he was saying, but overdid it and blanked out my entire mind. The rest of the session was I just recall a monstrous sense of frustration because he wanted things from me, and I couldn't find my words to give him what he wanted. I kept trying and trying to find words and couldn't.

One thing I do remember vividly is that he told me in a rather ominous tone that we would have to talk more about him being able to challenge me. But I also remember him being at least ten feet tall when he told me that, so there may have been some cognitive distortion involved. Or maybe he had stood up and I was still sitting? I can't remember.

So I figure we'd better talk about that today. My plan is to tell him to go ahead and challenge me when necessary, but to expect that I might fall apart. It's not like I say to myself "I think I'll lose my wits and irritate my therapist". It's involuntary. But I don't see why that means he shouldn't do it. Just that he should be prepared for the outcome.

I also remember the very end of the session when he was preparing my receipt. When I asked him if everything would be ok, which he normally answers reassuringly, he said that everything was ok with him but that I would have to take responsibility for everything being ok on my end. And he wouldn't budge. And I broke into great heaving sobs which startled him because I guess he doesn't understand how important his standard reassurance is to me.

I remembered after leaving that he also didn't give his standard reminder to call him if I needed to. But I did anyway, and he wasn't mad or anything.

I think today will be ok, but I'm afraid it won't be. He's going out of town again next week. What if it isn't ok at teh end of session today?




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