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Hey, What About Your Therapy Commitment?

Why is prioritizing your weekly therapy appointment the single most important factor to the success of your therapy? Many clients have difficulty managing their life; we can be driven by our own busyness. We can say, “There is always so much to do. I have children, a job, so many responsibilities to keep up with.” Sometimes, though, the busyness is really avoidance, by choice, albeit sometimes unconscious.

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Hopelessness as a Type of Resistance

 

Resistance to therapy often mimics a resistance to living. This can appear as a chronic feeling of hopelessness about our life in general, our work, our willingness to make changes. These thoughts and feelings subjectively seem like they express reality. Yes, if we have undergone a significant loss, an illness, a financial crisis or other sudden or substantial change, then the feelings of loss and despair make sense. 

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The Most Common Type of Resistance

The most common type of resistance to therapy is running; running so fast that you run yourself out of therapy. Many of us suffer from high anxiety and one way to deal with that is to stay over-busy in order to avoid our underlying difficult feelings (fear, depression, unmet needs, etc.). So we run from text to text, activity to activity, phone call to phone call, lists, over-work and addictions. As we run, we lose contact with our authentic selves and our unhealthy habits take over. 

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