Will be starting MC with the same provider (but different clinician), and same deal - only 3-4 sessions. In the first session we'll discuss the main issue, and decide what our focus will be for the next few sessions.
BH can also access individual counselling, but again it's limited in nature.
I recognize that we'll need more, but these services are of no charge to us, so we're starting there.
What sorts of things do you/have you worked on in IC and MC, and what have you found most helpful?
What was unhelpful?
I can't think of anything off of the top of my head that was not helpful about counseling.
I'd say kind of go with the flow at the beginning, and then be ready to put in some work once the sessions get a bit more intense.
You've got this!
Best of luck.
ETA: probably the biggest thing we worked on with me was learning reflection and introspection. and for my BS being reassured that what she was feeling was normal.
[This message edited by DrJekyll at 9:03 AM, July 17th (Thursday)]
"If you don't eat the elephant in one bite, it might trample you while chewing"
ME: WH HER: BS (holesinmybucket)
no stop sign = BS always welcome
Now we're working on my perception of my relationship with my H. She challenges my views and gives me strategies so I don't keep following the same unproductive behavior path.
The thing I felt most useful was bringing goals to my IC for what I wanted out of therapy. It gave us both focus. What I felt was least useful was spending lots of time talking about my childhood. I know we all have some FOO issues, but my A and immediate needs were seeded from a different place and that is my first priority to address.
After almost a year, I switched to Shrink #2 who is very rational and logical. Now that I'm able to feel normal human emotions again, it's been very helpful to have a C who encourages me to "own" my feelings, instead of looking for an external cause when I feel angry or upset.