Therapy: am I doing it wrong?
April 10, 2012 11:40 AM Subscribe
Therapy is going okay so far...but should it really just be me rambling for an hour every week?
posted by devotion+doubt to health & fitness (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I started seeing a therapist two weeks ago who was recommended by a friend. She (the therapist) seems like a very nice person, and I have no problem talking to her, but so far the two sessions I've had have seemed very disjointed. Like, I just talk about my anxiety and she listens and asks me about my family and my spirituality, which are totally not what I want to talk about. But I'm not sure what I do want to talk about or if I should be focusing or something.
I started seeing her because of general anxiety disorder and OCD--mostly intrusive, obsessive thoughts. Also because I am generally irritable and out of sorts and I can't even focus on what my actual problems are right now. So far we've talked about my family (a lot) and about my fear of death (generally). She keeps asking about things that I think are kind of irrelevant, and aside from offering to teach me yoga breathing, hasn't offered much more than a sympathetic ear. I kind of don't want to pay for that.
So, okay, my question is, should I have more of an agenda going into therapy? What am I supposed to be doing in there? What is she supposed to be doing? I don't really know specifically what her counseling focus is, but I'm worried it might be a little more touchy-feely than I like. If I don't know what I want from therapy, should I just stop going (which is kind of my inclination right now)? Mefites. I know you all know from therapy. Am I doing it wrong?