Therapy is a special time and place for the client. Often, people like to reflect quietly on their therapy sessions afterwards. Some people keep a journal of their thoughts and dreams related to their therapy.
|Clients Often Like to Reflect on Their Therapy Sessions Afterwards|
Most clients, who have experience with therapy, know that the unconscious mind continues to process the session even after the session is over. Since the experience is unconscious, they might not have a direct experience of it immediately. But, often, this unconscious processing shows up in dreams, day dreams or a sudden, new awareness about themselves or their lives.
|The Unconscious Process in Psychotherapy|
When a client attempts to explain the experience in therapy to a wife or husband, the client might be cutting short the unconscious processing by trying to concretize it too soon. Also, if the spouse's reaction is something like, "I don't get it. What's so special about that?" and the client tries to explain or justify his experience, it often takes away from the experience.
The other reason you might not want to talk to your spouse about your therapy sessions is that, once you get into the habit of doing it, you can begin to feel like your spouse is in the room with you in every session.
At times, that could be a very emotionally supportive feeling. But, other times, knowing while you're in session that you're going to talk about your therapy to your spouse afterwards, could inhibit you from expressing yourself freely in the session. Some clients, who talk about their therapy sessions with their spouse on a regular basis, might not even realize that it could be inhibiting their free expression in session.
When you're in therapy, the choice is yours as to whether or not you share your experiences with your spouse or others. But, before you share, it's worth considering the potential effects that talking about your sessions could have for your treatment.
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