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Jeff and therapy:

 "Emotions are very hard for people to handle. The Greeks made up Gods and goddesses around their emotions, and gave their names and faces and had relationships with them. We don’t have that, we have therapy. Which ain’t bad. I love therapy. But generally people think they’re just meat and that emotions visit on them like in-laws. I’ve never felt like that.“-Melody Maker, April 9, 1994

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"I’m in therapy so that if I’m in a relationship with somebody, it’s me that I’m sending and not my scars and my ghosts.” He recommends it to all artists because it “makes the subconscious conscious.”-The Gazette, October 6, 1994

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“One of the funniest moments of my life was bringing mine and Jeff’s analyst, who’s 76 years old and an an extremely conservative lady, to one of Jeff’s shows. I lied to the tour manager that I had Jeff’s grandmother with me to get her backstage and then Jeff just ran up to her and put his fingers through her helmet of curled blue hair. She’s smiling like a 14-year-old and he’s saying, ‘I love you, Jane’ and she’s cooing, 'Oh, Mr. Buckley,’ and all these industry people are looking on aghast.”-Penny Arcade, NME, May 2, 1998

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(Marianne) Faithful was also friends with Penny Arcade, on who’s doorstep Buckley turned up in tears later that night, his final evening in New York before heading to Memphis. The platonic pair had spent a considerable amount of time together in these previous few months; even though she didn’t drink, Arcade was quite prepared to hold up whatever bar he nominated, as he spilled his guts on his career, his life, even his love of The Grifters. He’d even started to consider the of hiring her team of dancers to open his next Australian tour. Arcade had seen him in some distress a week or so earlier, when they learned that the analyst they both saw, an African American woman named Mrs. Williams, wasn’t just out of town, but had actually suffered a heart attack while holidaying in the Caribbean. This time though, he was 'inconsolable’. It took Arcade several hours of comforting to get him back to some kind of coherent state, and not until early the next morning, the day of his departure for Memphis, did he seem to have regained some of his composure. The feeling is that his meltdown was related to 'coming to terms with his analysis and his father.’ Buckley may have also been trying to extricate himself from his relationship with (Joan) Wasser.-from A Pure Drop

📷 Merri Cyr

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My first therapist turned out to basically be the one. There was a period where I was unsure about her, and tried another, and I saw that one once. 

I believe I first saw her in 2015 (now being 2020), and first began going typically with my mom. She’d often go in and tell her some stuff she had noticed to give her an outside view of me. You’re not always totally aware of yourself, ya know?  I could think I’m hiding the horror inside my brain, but it’s written all over my face. It would also be an easier way for her to be able to potentially call me on my bullshit - though in a kind and respectful way. 

I feel like she can often read me like a book. I remember an appointment where at one point she asked me, “Zach, have you ever thought that you might be gay?” Of course I’m gay, but I wasn’t ready to admit it. I can’t even remember if I had fully accepted it at that time or not. When I eventually did admit to it, she just kinda smiled and nodded. 

She’s an older woman and works from her home, having an office where she meets her clients and a bathroom available to us. The rest of the house is always closed off, sometimes with her husband somewhere around. She has noise machines to create even more privacy, and her home is beautiful. From the furniture and decoration and bookshelves and more. She leaves puzzles in the waiting area for if you’re bored, a basket of magazines that she’s gotten in the mail with a piece of paper that says “Free to take”, and on occasion a cat will be in there. 

She has two, maybe three, cats and they’re very friendly. A massive cat tree sits in her office in front of huge windows. I’ve randomly glanced up before to find a cat asleep overhead, and a couple times one has made its home in my lap. Even if you don’t see a cat, you know she loves them - the bathroom has so much cat art that it’s almost questionable. And I love it. 

I wanted to write more about her here to shine a positive light on her. She’s a lovely and kind woman, caring and supportive and remembering things that are important to you. There are plenty of professionals out there who love their job and are there because they legitimately want to help others. I’m hoping that will be me one day. 

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So I’m in 8th grade now and there’s a boy at my school that I had a huge crush on last year and when he came back to school this year after quarantine I didn’t recognize him and my jaw dropped when I saw him but not in a particularly good way but he grew almost a foot and it’s kinda scary and my friends think he’s ugly and I’m not too sure if I think that bc of the stupid masks but they said I should just forget him but I kinda don’t want to bc looks don’t matter as much as personality does to me and last year he said he liked me and I wonder if he still does but chile anyway what y’all want from Walmart



if u could plz help me with my situation I’m pretty scared abt it

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that’s terrible, I’m really sorry to hear that ): I would think that most therapists, counsellors and psychologists are fully booked at the moment and that they’re not lying to you, mental health issues have risen dramatically as a result of covid-19. there’s a huge need and demand for mental health services at the moment, it’s frustrating that you’re not able to get an appointment at the moment but I don’t think it’s because mental health professionals don’t want to help. 

is there anything I could do, to help you find some form of mental health support? I answered a question a few months ago with some tips and ideas on options on how + where to find a therapist, you can check out the reply here and it could give you a few ideas on things. 

aside from that, the best thing to do is to keep on trying – as demoralising and frustrating as it might be, you’re still giving yourself a shot at finding support. even if all the therapists you contact say that they’re booked up, ask when their next available appointment is and book it in, even if it’s 8 or 9 weeks away. speak out whenever you can to friends and loved ones around you, it’s more than ok to ask for their help + support when you need it. if they just can’t give that to you at the moment, it could be an idea to look at joining facebook groups for mental health, to find some support and solidarity instead.

I know that I don’t know you, but I’m honestly so proud of you for sending this message, there’s still fight left into you, don’t let go of that. dig deep friend, hold onto hope and keep fighting for yourself. let me know if there’s anything extra I can do in terms of research? be kind to yourself as much as you can, let us know how things go <33

- tash

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I had an internal monologue on this car ride home where I was wishing for an anonymous face to message back and forth with and unburden myself of intrusive thoughts and dreams I’ve been having lately so I could get non judgemental advice. It has just occurred to me that this is probably what talk therapy is for

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Being a therapist and struggling with suicidal ideation is a lot of knowing what steps to take to manage it. Not wanting to. And feeling like you can’t say anything about it because you’re supposed to be the stable one.

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Virtual Group Therapy done ✅ As strange as it is to facilitate a group online, my clients were very brave 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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My Therapist: You know, I’m just curious, how would you describe romantic feelings, or love towards someone who isn’t family.


Me: What like… Actually feelings beyond friendship?


Therapist: Yes, how would you describe that? I’m just curious, as someone who doesn’t really display feelings like that how would you visually represent them?


Me: You know the movie Tarzan?


Therapist: Yes?


Me: Well there’s a scene in that movie when Jane And Tarzan and swinging through the jungle and they look at each other and for a moment you think they’re going to kiss. That exact moment when they’re swinging and staring at eachother. That is what I think love is.



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Originally posted by jesimahcah



I know this isn’t my usual nerdy post but after talking with my therapist about this, its interesting to me. Romantic feelings have never really been important to me, I’m sure they’re in there somewhere they just haven’t happened yet. But being asked to visualise a feeling is curious, especially one you haven’t truly felt.

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idk if anyone could share some input but is it normal for therapy to be just talking?

it’s only been about 3-4 weeks since i’ve had weekly sessions and i feel like i talk soo much. my therapist is nice and she responds to what i day and has asked some nice guiding questions/helped me realize a few things but i thought therapy was so much more?

I feel like I have been realizing a lot of stuff and becoming more aware of my behavior and have been applying things to my life ever since I started therapy but is that what it’s supposed to be?

i thought i’d get assigned “homework” where i’d be told to pay attention to X and journal Y. also am i supposed to tell her that i’d like strategies for dealing with my anxiety and other things?

idk, i guess i’m just used to people always telling me what to do & i never really “fix” my problems, just ignore them or run away from them so this feels different.

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