~ Dialectical Skills ~
The Psychiatrist I found down here in Staunton, VA is excellent. After I saw him a few times he suggested I go to a group, sponsored by the hospital which is lead by Psychologists ….. 3 days a week for 3 hours each. Each therapist does 1 hour. It is basically "dialectical skills" or cognitive therapy …. in other words how do we turn around the things we are telling ourselves. About 20 years ago I worked with a Psychologist who did purely cognitive therapy. It worked short term, but not long term. Then I got into the deep type therapy and started to really work and dig out old stuff…..very painful. This group I'm in is great! I really like it and I always come home with food for thought. But I don't think I would want to try it if I had not gotten the really hard stuff out of the way first. I needed some insight into the "center of the onion" before I could tackle this type of therapy. Needless to say, I'm grateful. I have a sense this may be the beginning of some changes in me about living down here.