For today’s YGTG, or “You Get the Gist,” I was pondering what a patient of mine said the other day. He had to struggle a bit with the idea that therapy – for him – felt a little self-indulgent. He followed quickly up by saying, “I know it’s because I rarely if ever focus on myself. And it feels a little odd doing it. But it’s also not an easy thing to do. And most self-indulgences are that… easy things. Things that offer comfort. This definitely isn’t easy.”
What follows is a story about having a rock in your shoe – which I hope can stand as a metaphor for those who may not come into therapy for severe trauma or grief, depression or anxiety – but who can benefit greatly from realizing that dealing with something apparently “small” may have remarkable results.
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