What are people supposed to talk about in therapy, anyway? The past? The happenings of the week? Their deepest, darkest fears? What topics are considered “therapy-worthy”?
Many clients, especially at the beginning of therapy, feel uncertain about which details of their life are worth sharing. Should I talk about my stress at work or about the dream I had last night? How much should I talk about my feelings? How much background do I need to share for this story to make sense? Is my therapist expecting me to talk about something in particular?
Couples find themselves struggling in their relationship and one partner or the other suggests couple therapy. They start looking for a therapist and if they are lucky they will find a seasoned professional who doesn’t give too much “helpful” advice or the worst…. vote on if they should divorce or not.