“Talk” Therapy anyone??

1 Mar

I just read an interview with Jimmy Kimmel (late night talk show host) that he participates in “talk” therapy twice a week. I think I heard that Dave Letterman has also participated in “talk” therapy. “They” say (whoever they are) that comedians are generally pretty depressed people so it makes sense that they would seek therapy.

Ok, I hope you get the message that this post is about psychotherapy not physical, occupational or any another other type of therapy. I will now just use the word therapy the rest of this way.

Recently, in a “meeting”, a guy said that he knows a guy who has been sober (from alcohol) for over 35 years and he is in therapy. Oh know, watch out, since the “old-timer” is in therapy, that means he is just inches away from a relapse. Not…it probably means that he is healthy and sane enough to know he needs a “listening ear” in this world of “non-listening ears”.

I had a phone conversation with an “long-time” friend this am and she had posed some questions about therapy. I thought my words were useful and insightful so I decided to share them here.

In my humble opinion, one of a therapist’s tasks with a client is to help them “see” what their potential could be if they are so inclined in pursuing it. The next task is to help the client see the roadblocks to their potential so they can make needed changes in their environment if they so choose to do so. Personally and professionally, seeing a person not strive or reach their potential is very sad. I believe our creator, God put us on this earth to find and reach for our potentials, among other stuff.

Now comes the rub, people love to talk about their potentials but they don’t like to talk about the roadblocks. You mean I have to give up using alcohol? You mean I have to end that unhealthy relationship? You mean I have to stop spending money on that so I can have money to further my education and/or training?

Yes, to all of the above and more. Then there is the basic utility of therapy, listening to their client’s share their life struggles and how they are coping along the way. I actually took a “listening” course in my undergraduate studies. I thought it would be an easy A but it wasn’t, the instructor was good. However, then and there, I learned about the importance of listening in this world of talkers.

Please honor and respect someone who is participating in therapy. The therapeutic process may end up saving their life or changing it for the better. Take care..of yourself and each other.






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