Posted 1/29/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -7)
Eyes - did you know that the silence is actually a tactic used by the therapist to have you open up a little more? (Actually, not just therapists, it was a tool I learned while going through some manager counseling/training for my job). They rely on the person wanting to fill the silence and in turn they receive more information. Just knowing that may help calm you a bit since you know what it is he/she is up to.
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Posted 1/29/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -7)
I think I would just tell her how your stomach gets tied up in knots and just get it out in the open.  I'm sure it's hard for you to concentrate when you're thinking you may have to run to the bathroom at any time.  I bet if you just talk to her, it might change everything.  I think it's worth a try.
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Posted 1/30/2008 1:25 AM (GMT -7)

I thought the same thing as gettingby, it would be helpful to just to get things in the open with your therapist. I wonder what would happen if you shared that you find her intimidating. Maybe she would be open to finding ways to help change that dynamic that you guys could work on together.

I used to chew peppermint gum to help calm my stomach when nervous. Peppermint tea can help too.

take care, manyembers
Posted 1/30/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -7)
i tested out the peppermint tea today.
thanks for the tip.

something in that supposed to settle nerves? stomach? it was good too

im going tomorrow....gah! so nervous!
thanks everyone
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