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The Sticking Place from What a Shrink Thinks

“For some the sticking place is the therapeutic relationship itself, the trust built, brick by brick, between therapeutic partners.”

This is my sticking place (or was for a long time. How lovely to put it in the past!). I have always said therapy is NOT for the faint of heart but takes extraordinary courage. Go read this…

what a shrink thinks

 If we should fail?

Lady Macbeth:
  We fail? 
But screw your courage to the sticking place,
 And we’ll not fail.

Macbeth, Act 1, scene 7, 59-61

Committing psychotherapeutic acts takes extraordinary courage.

Facing down anxieties, digging down underneath painful symptoms, revealing vulnerabilities, casting out demons, seeking salvation, asking forgiveness, challenging abuse, severing damaging relationships, examining your failures, flaws, weaknesses, revealing your shames, contending with guilt, grieving, preparing to die, coming out, fighting for intimacy, encountering emptiness, apprehending your own murderousness, and the depths of your hungers and desires, setting limits and boundaries, saying “no”, tolerating exposure, baring your soul, withstanding the pain, changing your life, telling the truth…

Telling the truth.

Holy shit.

These are terrifying acts.

I can think of no psychotherapeutic action that does not require courage.

I cannot think of a single split second of the 30 years I have spent engaged…

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  1. Ms. Sharkey
    September 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    !!! I just finished reading this very blog post a few minutes ago and thought to myself how much it mirrors a conversation my therapist and I had in yesterday’s session. In fact, I may send this entry to him and ask that we talk about it next week.


  2. September 26, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Loved this post.


  3. Ann
    November 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

    AG-How are you!! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! Xo


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