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Re: At the risk of weirding people out again Dinah

Posted by mair on January 21, 2005, at 17:48:38

In reply to Re: At the risk of weirding people out again fallsfall, posted by Dinah on January 21, 2005, at 16:34:49

Dinah - I've gotten alot of help from my T with work issues. Her understanding of the kind of place I work is limited and of course her tangible advice is sometimes of limited value. But she's helped me to be a better advocate for myself and things I have needed to say to the people I work with seem to be easier to say after I've been over them umpteen times.

Probably more importantly, when I first started seeing her I had an enormous amount of anxiety about my work - not my work environment. Some of those basic CBT skills, which have proved so worthless in addressing most of my other issues, were helpful in addressing the anxiety. I do an awful lot of the "what's the worst thing that can happen" analysis. When I first started, doing that kind of analysis on my own, it wasn't particularly helpful, but doing it with her was. We'd analyze every horrible thing I could come up with and generally, after looking at them closely enough, I'd see that I could survive even if they did happen.

And then of course there is always the sanctuary benefit - when work just got to be so overwelming, it was a relief to be able to escape to therapy.

Mair


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