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Old 08-13-2019, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Should I quit therapy?

I never have anything to talk about, and I don't think she can really help me with anything since I don't really know what I need help with. I know my manic/depressive/psychotic warning signs and have coping skills (well, maybe I could work on psychotic warning signs).
I chronically don't give a damn about anything, is that something that can be helped with therapy? Honestly, I think I struggle with PTSD too but bringing up the events that caused that cause a lot of pain and I think I'm better off just trying to lock up those memories in a safe deep within my brain than talking about it, but maybe I'm wrong and I should bring those things to the attention of my t to stop living in fear? But maybe I'm right and talking about it will only make it worse?
I don't really trust my t (yet anyways), but I don't think switching would be any better because I just don't trust people in general (is that something we could work on? I'm not sure if that's something I really want to work on since I don't think it is wise to trust other people)
I've never been in individual therapy since my teens when everything the T said pissed me off and turned me away from therapy haha, but the lady who evaluated me a month or so ago said I should give it another shot. Idk.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:10 PM   #2
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I don’t know. It sounds like you have heaps to talk about. Why not print out what you’ve written above and discuss.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:36 PM   #3
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I completely agree with Pookyl. Give therapy a try, spikes...hang with it for a while. And tell your t. what you've told us. That's my suggestion, anyway.
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I also agree. It is worth bringing up these issues with your T with a way and pace that suits you. You are right to wonder if traumatic memories are best left alone. Only some people respond positively to working through trauma directly. For a few it can be like a Pandora's box. One small opening and the whole past comes flooding out, overwhelming the person. For me it helped to talk around the issue of my trauma. The insight I have been given is helping me grow and heal. However, the couple of times I tried to go deeper the floodgates opened and drowned me. Everyone responds differently. Just bringing up a few of the issues you mentioned may really help you connect more with your T and make progress in different areas of your life. It's worth a try before abandoning therapy altogether.
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It takes time to build trust with a Therapist. And if there is ptsd in the mix it’s even harder, I totally trust my T but digging into csa and ptsd from back in childhood were some of the hardest work I have ever done , but by then I had full trust that my T truly had my back.

As for not knowing what to work on, write down a list of stressors in your life and pick one , focus solely on coping skills for that specific area. We can all have a trunk load of coping skills but we also need to know how to effectively use them when most needed.

I struggle with this at times over specific things in my life

My first T was useless, utterly useless so I complained , it’s a mental health facility , many T’s there. Richard was office administrator , so I met him to discuss his patethic excuse of a T “ Patricia” that was more excited about moving out of state in a few months. So him and I clicked and now we are heading on 9 years together.

Sometimes people just need to take a break from a T setting and give it another go after a break.

I always think it’s good to have someone face to face you can say virtually anything you want and no shock anyone. They have heard everything and then some.

Whatever you decide to do remember we are all here for you
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Hi spikes. All I know about your situation is the limited amount I've read here at PC. I fully recall your last thread on this issue, and between that and this I agree with others that a therapist is surely important for you. I do think that perhaps a different therapist may make a very positive difference. I can't say that would be the next person you would potentially choose. It could be the one after that, or the one after that. It took me many therapists to find ones that made a difference for me. I've had 9 private therapists over the years (excluding IOP/hospital ones). Only three really made a difference, but without them I would be in far worse condition than I am now.

I forget where I wrote it, but the other day I mentioned the African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child". I used that as an analogy to describe how I need many people to sufficiently support me and help me move forward. Just one doesn't cut it for me. Not even two, or three, etc. Even if some seemingly do little, them being there is important. If ever I was totally alone and in crisis, I would surely be extremely vulnerable. With as much support as possible, it's like there are many cushions on all sides to break a hard fall.

There does come a time when a "support" stops supporting completely. That's when you need to replace them with someone or something that does.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:41 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone, I'll give it another shot. I wrote on a sheet of paper things I want to work on in general (not necessarily in therapy), but next week I'll bring it in and see if she thinks she can help with some of it. I think I'll have to read it off because it's really disorganized though and my thoughts went all over the place lol.
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