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Re: Would other people's therapists do better? Dinah

Posted by daisym on June 11, 2005, at 23:45:40

In reply to Would other people's therapists do better?, posted by Dinah on June 10, 2005, at 18:13:21

My therapist would probably nudge a little "seems like we touched on something scary" and then do what yours did, remind me of what we were talking about. Because we've talked before and I want him to pursue things a little, he will ask about the emotions coming up "tell me what is happening, right now" or "what are you feeling." He will check in, "is it OK if we keep talking about this?" and usually he will begin to put words to what I can't.

Dissociating is an escape mechanism for me. It alerts me that the anxiety is high and I should try to stick with the subject even if I have to struggle a bit.

I like what GG wrote, it sounds like my experience. But I wouldn't be too hard on your therapist, it sounds like he wanted to try to understand your individual experience more than overlay a text book explanation on it.

 

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