4 thoughts on “Being A Psychotherapist In The Midst Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

  • April 6, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Dear Michelle: YOu have so eloquently spoken my heart for me as well as your sharing the way you allocate daily your own practices of excercise, nutrition, meditation, posting words of hope on line here ( mine go each day into my facebook networks) and the host of other practices which you have described. They resonate totally in me. Just wanted to share these companion thoughts with you to let you know (which I know you do completely) that you are not only not alone but connected deeply with hundreds of thousands of like minded spirits as yourself trying to bring hope and saving to a world in the throes of some degree of hopelessness. Your words help all to feel that connectedness and help us all to keep hanging on. The belief, the hope, the knowledge that this too will pass, and IS passing.

    Thanks for your lovng sharing.

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  • April 7, 2020 at 3:33 am

    Dr Maidenberg,
    Thanks for a great article. I especially like how you keep it real–you still stay professional but you are also willing to admit that all of this virus stuff is impacting you too! That is one thing I especially love about my own therapist–she doesn’t pretend that this is “no big deal” but at the same time, she isn’t building a survival bunker or sitting there in session falling apart either! For someone like myself who grew up in a very dysfunctional home where feelings were not allowed if they were at all negative, where I was told when I got sick it was “for attention” (ironic given that I preferred–and tried to be, invisible) and where feelings could be dangerous when my abuser expressed them, it helps to have a therapist who can model appropriate reactions to various things.
    I have isolated often anyway due to anxiety and depression but this feels different because there IS no choice! We are under a shelter in place order and can only go get essentials. I at times feel so alone, and my anxiety kicks in and makes me wonder what I will do if I get it bad. As you mentioned, dying alone is just so sad! Mostly, I worry for my mom. She is 79 and lives 90 minutes away each way. She only has one lung. And in another state, my dad had a quadruple bypass in February. My sister is in the medical field. My great nephew has special needs and my own health isn’t great for my age. I can (and do much to her dismay) worry about anything–even about my therapist and her family. What do I do if she gets sick? I know I will wish I could make things better–just like I wish that for anyone that currently has it. I hope your grandmother stays well–and you too!!
    Lori

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  • April 14, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    I definitely resonated with your post. Thank you for articulating thoughts and feelings I have.

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