One of the things I love about my therapist is that she checks in with me every so often to make sure we’re on the same page. Do I know what her goal is? Do I know what my goal is? Are they the same? Are we in the right stage, going in the right direction? Are we moving forward or standing still? How do I feel I’m doing now as compared to a month ago, 2 months ago?
Today was one such day where we kind of looked at each other like, okay wait, what are you saying? Where are you going with this? I told my therapist that I kind of felt like we were in a holding pattern. She didn’t necessarily agree with that assessment. So that is why we stepped back and looked at our game plan.
To me it feels like I’m playing the waiting game… again. Waiting for the consultation with the DID specialist. Waiting to see if she accepts me as a full time client. Waiting to see if I’ll be continuing with my current therapist in some capacity.
My therapist explained that even if we do continue seeing each other she wouldn’t be digging into trauma work with as of yet. She feels that I still have a ways to go in achieving higher functioning in my daily life. After dissecting what exactly she means, I have to agree with her standpoint.
The goal now is to achieve some sort of structure in my day to day life. I don’t have much of a schedule that I follow right now. And what little scheduling there is certainly doesn’t include things like exercise, getting out of the house, regular meal times etc. I’m very isolated at the moment which is partly to do with the season but I have been making strides in that department. I try and accept invitations from friends more often and even initiate an afternoon out for coffee. But there are other things such as volunteering that I have yet to follow up on.
So the idea is to make up a schedule of an ideal day/week that strikes a balance between those things we must do and those things that are pleasurable, and then add those things into my actual schedule. That means scheduling a shower, doing the dishes, vacuuming, going for a walk, going to the dog park, spending meaningful time with my wife. Scheduling absolutely everything.
But everything has to start somewhere, so much against my all or nothing nature the one thing I choose to add this week is going to the dog park at least 4 times. Should be doable right? I’ll keep you posted.
In the end, my session with my therapist was quite productive today. I like knowing where we stand. It gives me that sense of control over the process that I so desperately crave in my life.
After all, that’s what therapy is about right? Building a sense of mastery in one’s life.
Remember, it’s okay to ask in therapy, “Wait, what were we working on again?”