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A Metaphor for Therapy

A Metaphor for Therapy

One of the most enjoyable things I find doing therapy is looking for and using metaphor as part of the therapeutic process. Once such event happened to me this morning, which I will use in the future as a therapeutic metaphor.

I woke up this morning, looking forward to my morning shower. When I switched it on, cold water, which was particularly irksome as I hate cold showers. I looked blankly at the boiler with no idea of how I was going to make things right. I thought to myself, right, I do not have the skills to sort this, so I have no choice but to get someone to do it for me.

I was about to call for a plumber, when I thought, “No, let me see if I can resolve this on my own”, which after about an hour, I did. Now of course if I had called a plumber, he or she would have probably fixed it in no time at all, but I found the exploration process of my own work far more satisfying.

The lesson is that people have far more resources at their disposal than they think, trust yourself to explore your own abilities, and you might be surprised at what you find you can do.

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