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Re: The Phases of Therapy Daisym

Posted by seldomseen on November 12, 2007, at 8:35:34

In reply to The Phases of Therapy, posted by Daisym on November 11, 2007, at 23:23:11

I'm in the winding down phase of therapy (7 years), but here are the phases that I went through:

INITIATION - for me this was just like a huge emotional dump. I just off loaded all the crap from my childhood. Also involved a significant amount of re-traumatization.

RESISTANCE - Perhaps as the result of the re-traumatization, but I became very distrustful of my therapist, experienced a lot of anger toward him.
TRANSFERENCE - Anger melted into feelings of deep love for and dependence on my T. The relationship I had with him was the most important in my life. Spent a lot of time thinking about therapy. The focus was definately on HIM.

RESOLUTION - This phase was very painful because I began to accept the therapeutic boundaries. However, my T was very masterful and left me in a very good place. I began to internalize the relationship and trust.

THERAPEUTIC WORK - Finally! Began to realize how all of my past survival techniques were impairing my life. Got a glimmer of how good life could be post-abuse.

INTEGRATION - Incorporating the insights in therapy into my daily life, I've developed the ability to make these insights my self. Much more self-reliant and in control.

As I progress through to termination, I will post my feelings about that as well, but it maybe years.





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