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Re: It really doesn't matter Dinah

Posted by twinleaf on August 23, 2008, at 11:24:50

In reply to It really doesn't matter, posted by Dinah on August 23, 2008, at 10:23:12

I don't find it at all hard to understand your point of view. Your therapist's office really is a sacred space for you, and has been for a long time now. Going for a walk involves so many things that may not be therapeutic. It might start to feel like friends getting together- you might both start to talk about the weather! It also might feel suspiciously like a date that you had not planned on having!

My analyst once mentioned that during his work as chief of psychiatry at Chestnut Lodge, he would often start his work with severely ill patients by walking around the grounds with them. (apparently there were about a hundred acres of fields and meadows then with paths running through them) But he said that, as soon as a patient was able to do it, he wanted them to come to his office, because he felt that the therapy could become more real and effective there.

His office is so special to me. I love the paintings, all the books, the photo of snow-covered mountains on his open laptop- it's such a special place- where things happen which couldn't happen anywhere else.

Besides, I'd feel self-conscious about taking a walk together. I'm very tall for a woman- 6 feet, and he's only about 5'9"!

 

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