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Re: Regarding taping sessions... muffled

Posted by red house on September 9, 2007, at 11:38:55

In reply to Regarding taping sessions..., posted by muffled on September 7, 2007, at 21:58:35

i tape sessions with my T and find it very helpful. i began doing it in secret, without asking permission. eventually i worked up the nerve to tell T what i was doing and then asked permission, which was freely given.

i have a digital recorder that i use just for therapy; it cost about $80 -- not cheap, but since i pay more than that for a session, it seemed justified. sometimes i find it really helpful not just to hold onto what happened in the session, but also to realize that i was reacting to something that really hadn't been there, but was just in my head. (i.e., T had not really used a mean tone, etc., or, in fact, T had expressed quite a lot of emotion that i missed in the heat of being overwhelmed.)

i wish i had just asked in the beginning if it was something i could do (tape the sesssions) because i built up a lot of shame over doing it in secret and the desire to have the recording to hold onto. this may be something that would vary by T, but i think, in the end, if it's agreed to, that it's so very helpful that it's worth the risk of asking for it.





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