[A personal, uplifting poem highlighting the benefits of therapy, life coaching and reparenting yourself through a history of trauma and neglect.]
The door creeeaaks open
Come on in!
Do you want some tea?
Normally this would be the time for small chat
But you know me
You can sense it as soon as I walk in
The air turns heavy, like a thick fog
My mind a flurry of thoughts, feelings, questions
I want to dive right in
Unleash an avalanche of words
Get right into sorting things out with my mind
But I hold back
I’ve been here long enough
Let’s settle in
Sometimes I forget to breathe
I close my eyes
Slow myself down,
Sometimes for the first time in weeks.
I sense your full presence – such a rare gift these days
Your love, your compassion
It covers the room in a cozy blanket
I relax into the warmth and safety
For the first time in my life I feel fully seen
Fully heard, fully validated.
And I never knew how much I needed that.
I wish you were my mom.
I hope Jack feels the same way when he’s with me.
What comes to mind?
Finally, I can unleash the volcano brewing inside!
Except, I’m surprised to find that
it’s not a volcano anymore
I’m in a boat floating on the ocean
There’s no rush, no hurry
All in due time
My scattered thoughts congeal into complete ideas
The words flow out…
Let me stop you right there
Where do you feel that in your body?
What does it feel like?
Let’s sit with that a little longer…
You have an uncanny ability to show me a new perspective
To weave my life together in ways I couldn’t yet see
And how old do you feel there?
Notice how familiar that feeling is
And, it’s not your fault
So much of our time together is learning to reparent myself
To give myself what I so desperately needed growing up
To find that terrified, timid little girl in the corner
And embrace her
Hold her hand
Stand by her side
Simply and profoundly BE with her
I’ve come so far.
I don’t even recognize myself anymore.
I’m learning to trust myself.
I stand up for myself now.
I’m teaching others how to treat me.
Slowing down is still a work in progress
But I’ve come to look forward to our
Settling in times
I’m crafting a new vision for my future
One full of ease, flow and magic
With working hard AND
Proactively making time for rest and joy
Thank you for guiding me
Thank you for pushing me
Thank you for your energy and love
Thank you for showing me the way
Back home to myself.
Tell us in the comments, have you ever been to therapy? Any advice for people just starting out? What benefits have you experienced from talk therapy?