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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Moving both slowly and quickly

Therapists are always weighing the balance between forming a trusting alliance and getting to the real work so the patient doesn't have to continue suffering.

From the outset, we move both slowly and quickly, slowing the content down, speeding up the relationship, planting seeds strategically along the way.

As in nature, if you plant the seeds too early, they won't sprout.

If you plant too late, they might make progress, but you've missed the most fertile ground.

If you plant at just the right time, though, they'll soak up the nutrients and grow.

Our work is an intricate dance between support and confrontation.
Source: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

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