One anniversary is knocking on the door of my consciousness: it is four months since my final therapy session ever? I doubt I would ever claim that. Four months ago, after a period of seventeen years of regular therapy, I stopped having sessions with my current therapist. I do recognise that I am much more resilient emotionally and psychologically. I feel more comfortable with who I am, I accept more readily my vulnerabilities and failings. I understand how my history continues to intrude into my today. I feel joy and the support of others. The word journey is probably much over-used, but it fits here, it has been a long, challenging, difficult, fascinating, enriching journey.
I take up my battered Pocket Oxford Dictionary with its loose and thumbed pages. I have had three therapists over the years. I miss all of them in different ways for what they brought with them to sustain me and my journey.
I certainly miss my most recent therapist, Annie, some days more than others. There are two important legacies bequeathed by my therapists. Firstly, the space they we created together in which it was okay to examine me, my story, my life. Linda Finlay, Relational Integrative Psychotherapy, engaging process and theory in practice.
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They are a gentle and nourishing counter-balance to my own tendencies to self-criticism and towards self-annihilation. Tendencies which can sometimes become augmented by the attitudes of others and events.
Integrative Psychotherapy MSc
I have left my therapists, but they do not leave me. There are other significant things which have brought me to where I am.
Good support from my husband, my sister and friends. A healthy diet, exercise and yoga. Making more of a connection with nature. And last, though certainly not least, writing and my writing journal. Having reached this particular way-station, I thought I might return to my continuing passion: writing for wellbeing. Free Access.
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