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Free association and therapy

Posted by annierose on January 13, 2005, at 14:11:05

My wonderful T is psychodynamic in orientation. That's says a lot about why today's session was so frustrating. We spend the entire time, arguing (although that is too strong of a word ... maybe bantering is better) about the usefullness of free assoication. She thinks that it is about "I trust you, but I don't" issue. I think it is okay (more than okay) for her to ask more pointed questions. Seriously, we spent 45 minutes going back and forth. It all began when after a period of silence (maybe 3 minutes) she asked, "what's going through your mind?" BINGO ... there's that thread again .... irritating therapy questions. I shared my feelings on all of those questions ... rote. Of course she felt differently.

Anyway, bottom line question to you, do you free assoicate often? Isn't it so hard?

Her feelings: all of those seemingly small comments (her hair was done differently today, light was left on in her closet, sound of the constant rainfall behind me) all add up to a bigger picture. No, that tells me I'm floating away and need your help to be in the present moment working on something more important.




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