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Re: New therapy from PDoc - can anyone explain? garnet71

Posted by Dinah on June 12, 2009, at 19:28:39

In reply to Re: New therapy from PDoc - can anyone explain? Dinah, posted by garnet71 on June 12, 2009, at 18:45:36

I tend to experience the blank slate approach as a wall of sorts. I'm not sure if that's how I am supposed to feel it. I know I'm very sensitive to any screen or wall or distance with my therapist, but I tend to appreciate it with some of the therapists I've consulted with for a particular reason over the years.

I'm not overly familiar with the terms, but I think the idea behind psychodynamic therapy is that we've built up defenses against old pain that cause us problems in life. The therapist deconstructs the defenses to reach the pain, and help build healthier defense systems. But good therapists make sure that the client is not so totally stripped of their defenses that they aren't able to function. It's been a while since I read psych books, so I can't remember the right way to put it.

I do know that my therapist was careful to build up coping skills, relaxation techniques, etc. and tried to pace the therapy so that it didn't outstrip my ability to cope with my life. There were times when it didn't work so well.




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