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    Am I over reacting? (Dog in therapy)

    Ok, I love this part: Ha ha so true! But also it was entirely inconsiderate of her and unprofessional of her to bring me into this situation. That’s what I feel upset at. Not the actual dog or my lack of immediately communicating I didn’t like it. It was not ok prior to me coming. Also it...
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    Am I over reacting? (Dog in therapy)

    She was sort of joking about it being a therapy dog. She knew and indicated it was her pet at work, but then kinda joked about it. I did indicate my discomfort by saying I was not a dog person but I didn’t show I was uncomfortable due to feeling put on the spot. This is a shared office space so...
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    I think the end of the road with my great therapist is near. I am so disappointed … she’s changed

    The thing with EMDR is that you need to build a ton of skills first. The SI coming up could have been the effects of the trauma itself surfacing. I have heard EMDR is opening a can of worms. The SI could be a cue to pause and build more skills like maybe using mindfulness techniques or DBT. I...
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    Am I over reacting? (Dog in therapy)

    Ok, so I have a therapist that I have seen for 8 years. I have an attachment to her and she has been good for me, with a few minor issues here and there. I came into see her a couple of weeks ago. I have really been struggling with anxiety/depression lately mainly due to a super stressful new...
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    Issue from therapy - My T said, “She projected her shame onto you.”

    This right here resonates with me. I am not ready or may never be ready to humanize this abuser even tho she was a child herself. She actively groomed me and violated me and it feels good to me to think of her as a criminal as kids absolutely can be criminals. It is tricky because her being a...
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    Issue from therapy - My T said, “She projected her shame onto you.”

    Hi! I haven’t posted here for a while, but something has been on my mind. This is a sexual abuse and also therapist issue, so not sure which area this would be best in. I was out of therapy for a while, but now am back seeing my therapist of about 6 years. At one point many years ago, we were...
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    I can't describe it… How to sleep without alcohol or drugs?

    Ok, I am just coming back here because of the crazy world we live in, but after much anecdotal research a few things that have helped me are: 1. Weighted blanket 2. Epsom salt hot baths 3. White noise Ok, the rest ARE drugs, but not like, you know, Ambien and good ole Klonopin. 4. Magnesium...
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    Other Covid ‘long haulers’ support thread

    Hi, The clay is really cheap and easy to find at least here. So, hopefully you can get it! Look into immunoglobulins (present in collustrum and other products that heal the gut). These will bind and pull out toxins. Also, sweating helped.
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    Other Covid ‘long haulers’ support thread

    Hi! I saw this post and just had to come on and share. I have not read all of the responses, so apologize if my advice is redundant. I got corona symptoms late March, I believe from a school parent who later said she had "burning lungs". I was never tested (no testing in my state then). But...
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    Vegan Safe Space

    Hi, actually its the fat that helps you loose weight.
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    Vegan Safe Space

    Hi, I havent read the whole post, but I put coconut milk or cream in my coffee. You gotta get the actual coconut milk that has fat in it. I go to my local Asian market and get the cartons or in the Asian aisle, you get the Thai kitchen brand. It is thick and somewhat sweet. I use it with dunken...
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    I slept with my therapist, now what?

    There was a similar story to this on this forum. It was called "once my therapist now my best friend" or something like that. Sex was not involved, but the same power play and twisted attachment roles were at play. She did make progress, I believe in ending the relationship. The abuse of this...
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    Vomiting from oral rape memories

    Can you try nitrous oxide?
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    Has any one tried CBT for Insomnia? (CBT-I)

    My issue with undergoing CBT-I and the sleep restriction part of it is the trauma triggering component of it. I am trying to figure out how to bravely do the restricting, but then I feel terrified, like I am going to die or go insane. I have a trauma therapist, but she seems more helpful when it...
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    Has any one tried CBT for Insomnia? (CBT-I)

    Yes. That would help. Some CBT for my CBT.
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    Has any one tried CBT for Insomnia? (CBT-I)

    Ok, my first reason for posting is just to see if any one has tried CBT-I? This is a specific therapy for insomnia, considered to be actually more effective that sleep meds for insomnia. So, my first question is just on that. Did you have insomnia that maybe spiraled from PTSD and have you tried...
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    Childhood Naming CSA triggers

    Ok, if I think about the triggers that are to CSA mainly: Any forced hand holding situation or forced hugging situation-like Handshakes (not always handshakes because they are over quickly) Hand holding in ceremonies, like Catholic mass or ice breaker games, trust games that kind of thing...
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    Art therapy - share your work here

    Love this painting! Keep going!
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    Off putting things your therapist does

    Also, she had actually smelled her hair whist playing with it, which was kind of an additional odd element to witness. In the past when I have brought up bothersome things before, she typically remarks, " Wow, you are really good at observation. That is who you are, always vigilant and...
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    Off putting things your therapist does

    Ok, so I hate turning into the high maintenance patient. I have done this before when she had been gently chewing gum. Or when she was checking her phone, her phone was buzzing and she had to keep it on because it's what she uses to get patients into the waiting room. She is a good T, sometimes...
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    Off putting things your therapist does

    I agree, that it's a cognitive distortion for me, but she seemed distracted and that is hard for me and triggering. I guess Ts just get distracted sometimes.
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    Off putting things your therapist does

    I wonder why antelopes? Did this T live near them or something?
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    Off putting things your therapist does

    This is where I'd like to be. To try to make it work. She's a good T. I hate intakes (blah! Me expressing disgust over annoying intakes.) I have had many Ts that would not work and were shitty. I dont want to start over and retell ALL of my trauma stories, especially the worst ones. I have...
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    Off putting things your therapist does

    That is funny! This really helps- I am struggling with this small thing more than I want to. I feel really bad when she does a somewhat unprofessional thing. Like the time she was chewing gum (subtly, but still) in session and I was talking about my SI. We talked about that one. This hair...
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    Off putting things your therapist does

    Ok, so I know they are human... But, it is hard when my T does disconcerting stuff. She is a good T and I have been seeing her for 5 yrs. My attachment to her has waned a bit just because in the past 5 mos I have been in only intermittently due to handling other medical expenses. I am thinking...
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