Beginning counseling in Calgary can be a daunting and confusing process. I have been a therapist for 19 years, and I still find it surprisingly difficult when it comes time to choose a new therapist for myself personally.
I pride myself on using humour wherever possible in therapy. It can be a tenuous balance at times and; it is not always the easiest road to take given some of the painful and personal topics people bring into the room.
There’s No Place Like Home: Examining the Mental Health of Fly-in/Fly-out Alberta Oil Sands Workers Blog entry by Kevin Jones, M.C., R. …
Although beginning to set boundaries is definitely easier said than done, each time you challenge that voice in your head that says you need to agree or you are not loved/worthy/kind/good enough, or any other fear that fuels the fawning response, it becomes less and less intimidating if you are engaging with a supportive person. This last point is very important because if you are in a co-dependent or abusive relationship, fawning is likely a way you are able to maintain safety, just as discussed earlier about a child in a toxic household. In this case, couples counselling or individual counselling would be necessary to adjust to relational norms established without healthy boundaries.