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Re: Favourite words/phrases from therapists?

Posted by wittgensteinz on January 25, 2009, at 4:20:58

In reply to Re: Favourite words/phrases from therapists? wittgensteinz, posted by raisinb on January 25, 2009, at 0:36:16

I started this thread just before going to bed last night so now I have slept on it I can write my reply.

1. "No, absolutely not true. I have NEVER once thought that about you." This may seem an odd choice but this sentence comes as a big relief when I get into one of my negative cycles and am certain he must 'hate' me or be livid with me or find me stupid.

2. I like it when he says something very validating at an unexpected moment. For example, maybe a few weeks earlier I've shared something very difficult and at the time I wasn't sure whether he really was taking it in or understanding and then a few sessions later he'll casually say something that really shows a great understanding and empathy. Quite often I'll say something implicitly and later he'll say it explicitly and then I feel reassured we are on the same page.

3. "I wish I could give you a bottle of trust to drink" - I think this could get annoying if he says it too often but on both occasions he's said it until now it seemed very sweet to me.

4. When he says something to the effect of "no I won't abandon you" - he's never said it in in those words exactly - he's said in many different ways but the meaning of course is the same.

Witti

 

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