Since I missed a ‘Manic Monday’ post this week, I thought about trying a ‘Therapy Tuesday’, as replacement.
You know that a therapist is very good, when you’re actually looking forward to seeing them, every week.
This is what my wife said to me recently! The insights that I have been writing about the last few weeks, have mainly come from couple therapy with a new therapist that has a background in Gestalt psychology, Imago and art therapy. Today, we had our latest session – pretty intense, as usual. Probably need a few days to process before writing about it.
Just wanted to thank everyone who read, Liked and Commented on our recent poetry post. When I started this blog, I never imagined that writing poetry would be such an awesome challenge – my wife really received it so positively. But it is a little tiring, so recently when we had a minor misunderstanding, I appealed to my wife to let me try explain verbally, so I didn’t have to write another poem, so soon!! 😉
Finally for today, I just want to share a small selection of ‘reminders to self’, that we took from our previous couple therapy work.
Tools to take home (from ‘old’ couple therapy)
- Weekly Date Night – something fun, turn off phones.
- Communication tips: avoiding mind reading, avoiding ‘you’ statements. Use “I feel…” , without attack or blame.
- In repeated tension situations, set up agreements and stick to them: e.g. when driving together, driver does not get told advice unless s/he asks, and no cell phone use during ride, without express okay of partner.
- Difficult times will pass – ride it through, don’t resist (resistance is futile)