“Psychoanalysis is the confession without absolution.”
- Germaine Greer
I continue to find my job fascinating at moments. Today I saw four patients for psychotherapy. All four of them happened to confess something to me. For two of them, it was the first time confessing the particulars of their life.
I continue to find psychotherapy challenging at times. People share their deepest secrets with me. I’m in some ways like a priest in a confessional booth. Although I think it’s more difficult for my patients to share with me, in many ways. My patients don’t get to hide behind a screen. They bare their souls to me like nudity in public. That takes some major strength. And I always tell them so.
The thing is, I don’t always know exactly how to respond. Sometimes I just offer my ear. Sometimes a bit of disguised advice. Sometimes I’m just there. It can be both empowering and unpowering at the same time. I feel privileged to share their secrets. But I sometimes feel powerless to do anything about it. And question whether or not my words are the right ones at the right time. But I press on. Learning about others is also learning about me. Thank you, patients. Your strength adds to mine.
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