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Need help opening up to my therapist? - December 10th 2011, 11:00 PM

Sorry in advance if this is in the wrong section!
I go to therapy. I get nervous beforehand, and can't talk to my therapist- I find it really hard to talk about my problems. So normally I'd type it out and hand it to her when I meet up with her, but part of my problem is I really don't like handing things to people (I have OCD). any advice?
   
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Re: Need help opening up to my therapist? - December 11th 2011, 03:02 PM

Hey there!
You could always try making a list of things to talk about with her. That way when you start getting really nervous, you kind of have a "map" to go by with the list. Does she know how nervous you get? If not, you should definitely talk to her about that. Maybe there's something the two of you could work out to make it easier for you. Also, with typing up things and handing it to her...If you don't like handing things to people, you could always just lay it on her desk or put it somewhere else for her to pick up so that you don't have to hand it to her directly.
It might also be helpful to take something in with you that might be comforting. I've taken things in to counseling with me to squeeze or to fiddle with in my hands.
I'd say the most important thing you can do is to talk to her about how hard it is for you. She's your counselor, and in that sense you're in a partnership with her to help yourself. Part of that means adjusting the way things work so that it can help you the best.
I hope things look up soon! Take care, and keep hanging in there.



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Re: Need help opening up to my therapist? - December 13th 2011, 09:31 AM

Thanks! I'll try these when I meet with her next.
   
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