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  • January 2, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Hi Misha and happy New Year to you. The title of this post made it irresistible to me–even before I knew it was you that wrote it. I know a decent amount about therapy both through personal experience, education and professional experience. However I never knew that therapists understood that –or even CONSIDERED it, that sometimes, “words are not enough.”
    I have said that to a therapist before. She asked what I meant and maybe she WAS familiar with the concept but was TRULY meaning, “What does that phrase mean for YOU?” I said to her “It’s hard to explain (and here, I’d laugh a bit because as a writer, one would think words were ALWAYS “enough) but sometimes words can’t touch the pain” and on occasion that’s true of other feelings as well–though I am just consciously realizing that latter piece NOW.
    There were times when I was very upset while working on something and I’d be curiously silent for a long time–or it seemed long. The therapist asked what I was feeling and I’d finally get out “I…I…can’t find words.” She thought it was that I was remembering something from when I was pre-verbal. I’d never heard of such a thing. I assume you have? Is that a real thing? It sounds strange lol. I’m also guessing it’s different from what you write about above! Anyway, great article and beautiful photos–mostly lol.

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