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Re: Pfinstegg, Antigua, Aphrodite... Aphrodite

Posted by Pfinstegg on January 17, 2005, at 19:54:07

In reply to Re: Pfinstegg, Antigua, Aphrodite... daisym, posted by Aphrodite on January 17, 2005, at 7:56:11

I'm finding that when the therapy becomes more intense- with more powerful feelings accompanying the abuse memories- that it really IS hard to turn those very uncomfortable feelings *off*, just because the time is up. Sometimes my analyst points out gently that we will be continuing the next day (that helps), and other times, he does say that we have five or ten minutes left, and he helps me in comforting the younger part, and in gradually helping the more adult me be more dominant.
At tough times, like today, he will often say, "this is very painful; I'm sorry you are hurting so much, but I do think we are doing just what we need to do, even though it's very hard". I do lean pretty heavily on him for comfort and reassurances like this, but, even so, there are many days when the pain and distress continues for hours- or the whole day. When I get home, I can often feel better by remembering what he has said, thinking about what occurred in the session, writing things out in my journal, exercising or meditating. It's a real struggle, though.




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