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How long do we stay in therapy?

Posted by KindGirl on February 9, 2004, at 12:24:13

Hi everyone,
This is my second thread here and you all sound like such a cool group of souls!!!! I love dropping in and reading your all sounds so wise and so right on....very refreshing!!!!

Anyway, don't know if anyone can offer opinion on t. has said over and over again that my "work" in therapy is being in relationship with her. After hashing it out with her for clarity, I am understanding that she is saying that she is going to be a part of my life for the rest of my life. She said that, over time, she will come inside of me and be a part of me, like how a mom becomes part of her child...and even after a parent dies the child (of relatively 'normal' parents) has a sense of that parent(s) inside....the good memories, the lessons learned, the experience of being loved and valued.

I am wondering how long I will be in therapy. She said you can't put a time on it and that therapy is not a "one size fits all,".... but if I could have my way I would be in therapy the rest of my life. I have never had anyone care for me the way she does, and I just can't see myself having enough of it that I don't need it anymore.

Does anyone else feel this way? My hubby asks me "So how long are you planning on doing this?"...and I know he doesn't understand how I never had a mom and how I have needed a mom my entire life and think I may have found someone to fill that void for me....but still I wonder the same thing.

Thanks, kind, wise souls for whatever insight/exp you want to share!!




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