This is What Happened

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This is so exquisitely beautiful it made me cry. What a beautiful narration of the process of therapy, from both chairs in the room.

what a shrink thinks

Someone asked me to write this. Sort of.

They asked me if I could state, in tangible terms, the kinds of healing that I have seen take place in my work as a therapist.

And I can’t. Because it didn’t and doesn’t somehow seem to be my prerogative to codify or co-opt my client’s experiences to say how I think they have been healed, or not. That is up to them to define. I have no idea what they think has helped about therapy unless they tell me.

Sometimes they point to powerful defining words – for good and ill – that  I said, years, even decades earlier, that I have no recollection of ever saying.

I do this to my psychotherapist too. If you’ve read my writing over time you’ve seen me do it, and you should know he is a very good sport about it.

Is healing always…

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  1. Wow: this is beautiful! She is so humble, unassuming and cautious about how she has helped others. Her own journey totally humanises her, and as tough as it sounds, provides hope. What a gorgeous expression of two perspectives from the same set of eyes! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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