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Staying "on topic" in therapy tips? - April 28th 2012, 04:33 AM

Okay, so before I ask for therapy tips, I'm starting therapy again (in three days!), just found out today and to put it lightly... I'm excited and scared all at once.

Well, like my title, does anyone have any staying "on topic" in therapy tips?- Once you get me to start talking, I can be quite well, random. If I say something and it reminds me of something else, I'll start talking about that something else. Also, I don't really want to talk about much in my eigth grade year (through that might become a question because that's kind of when I started my last round of therapy.)- So it will probably come up, but I'm way over it, and I feel like it wouldn't be the best thing to talk about it all over again.


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Re: Staying "on topic" in therapy tips? - April 28th 2012, 04:56 AM

As a general rule, if your therapist feels you are straying too far from the intended topic of conversation, they will steer you back to it. I am also a conversational wanderer, and my psychologist would frequently stop me and remind me of what we were supposed to be talking about.

If your therapist just lets you talk, it may be that they see some benefit in you talking about whatever you're talking about - often if something's on your mind or concerning you, something that is relevant to your therapy, you will come back to it in some roundabout way.

I wouldn't worry too much about actively trying to stay on topic - if you're doing your best then that's cool, and they can always steer you in the right direction if they feel you've strayed too far.
   
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Re: Staying "on topic" in therapy tips? - April 28th 2012, 04:57 AM

Generally, a therapist will try to guide you so it's less random rambling. If you're unsure of what to say, then simply ask because rambling during every therapy session isn't productive for the therapist nor for you to receive the intended therapeutic benefits. Remember, the therapy session isn't for the therapist's health, it's for you and is all about you, so if there is an issue(s) from school, family or wherever else, talk about it.

The therapist may probe at areas they feel are sensitive, such as whatever happened in the eighth year that resulted in you going to therapy. Your online post suggests you're not over whatever happened since you stated you're unwilling to talk about it and my guess is that is a topic in which you would ramble since you've attempted to block it off. But who knows, I may be wrong.


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Re: Staying "on topic" in therapy tips? - May 2nd 2012, 08:57 PM

Thanks guys. Basically, I didn't want to talk about that because I got to the point with that, it wasn't my fault, it wasn't my problem that I was still a kid and still afraid to see someone like that- anyone would be afraid to see someone they love dying, expecially when your still young.

I found that happened today, sometimes I would have to sort of hint that we were talking about school...


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Re: Staying "on topic" in therapy tips? - May 3rd 2012, 04:28 AM

I have no idea becuase I have the opposite problem!!! I need to get off topic because we always talk about things I dont like. She keeps me from going off I can only make it like two subjects before she says soooo back to what we were talking about... I would have to say if you therapist doesnt stop you then I would ask but it is their job to keep you focused.


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