Therapy as a Second Chance at Parenting
#When I started therapy, my main goal was to treat my PTSD and ADHD symptoms that were driving me kind of mad. But, surprisingly, therapy had the remarkable ability to make me feel as if I was being parented all over again, providing me with a second chance to experience the nurturing and guidance I missed during childhood and teenage years. The nurturing and emotional support, the safe place where I can express my thoughts and feelings without fear of rejection; the guidance; the help to develop a positive self image; the development of a healthy relationship. All this stuff that I completely missed during childhood, now I have the chance to bring into my life. It’s completely different from a marriage, for example, because it’s a give and take relationship, while in the therapist/patient, you’re the only one who’s being taken care of. It may sound silly but I found this amazing and surprising.
Have you ever had that experience too?