Sitting in the waiting room at 6 p.m.,
I’m already feeling hopeful.
Although my chest feels tight
and my world a fragile mess.
I walk into your office, wide-eyed with fear
of what we will find behind the closed door;
my self-defeating tendencies, my secrets—
hurtful people and events I can no longer ignore.
You gently guide me through the maze;
the winding corridors, twisting and turning
inward to those frozen memories
that you call denial and repression.
You tell me to move slow.
My worries will lessen with time
if I learn to trust you and grasp your hand
to brace me from the fall.
As we chip away like Rodin
on all those bleak winter evenings,
I start out with nothing but a sigh
and end up with so much more.
All my trauma unravels from a spool;
frayed threads unable to find the needle’s eye.
You teach me that it’s normal to stumble.
You tell me, however long it takes.
You help me rediscover my strength;
new ways to get through the distress.
You say I have it within me to heal;
to move past the doubt, instilling hope in fear.
As your words ring in my reluctant heart,
I move past the darkness of my mind—
the blues and blacks to the peaceful pastels;
and then to the bright, sunny hues.
When the details of my self-portrait are done,
I give you a hug and leave the safety of the room behind.
You promise you will always be nearby;
a phone call if needed, an appointment away.
The Colors of Therapy and its video poem was originally published at LetterPile.com.
That’s beautiful 🌹
Thank you, Elaine.
Very poignant and your words are resonating strongly Mark…..
Thank you, Ivor. We keep striving for that. 🙂😎
Really lovely, Mark. Sounds exactly how I felt with my AMAZING Therapist. Incredible to have so much non-judgemental love and support. Cheers to You and Your journey! 🤗🙏🏼❤️🦋🌟
A good therapist, I feel is not only non-judgmental but extremely intuitive, knowing what you need, knowing how you feel in the moment. On the same page and present. I’m happy that you had a great therapist who could be there for you, Katy. 😊
I completely agree, Mark. And me too!!! 🙂
💦🐬A real mind trip!👍
That’s a good way of saying it. 😎☮️
Love the poem, but what about that theme – wow! To the bone and then deeper again. You have a rare talent.
Thank you, Robert. Much appreciated.
This is such an intriguing poem. To me, it’s the therapist’s perception of the client’s perception of the therapist. I agree that the good therapist knows what you need. The one who helped me the most explained the treatment modality she was using and how it works because that’s how I interact with the world. She also wasn’t afraid to say, “I don’t know.” I really respected her for that.
Several good points, Liz. I especially liked the idea of the therapist explaining the modality so a layperson understands. That’s a skilled therapist who could do that correctly. 🙂🙂
Yes, it does take skill. Not every therapist has it.
Beautifully put as always, Mark. Thank you for your insight.
You’re very welcome.
All healthcare professionals should read this!!
Just finished a book called ‘In Shock’ Rana Adwish
Docs story of becoming a patient and how that transformed how she is a doc…
That would be nice. 🙂
Once again, you’ve outdone yourself in your words. Good one.
Thank you, Kally. I always appreciate your comments.
Beautiful revelation. Thank you, Mark
On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 12:16 PM Crow On The Wire wrote:
> Mark Tulin posted: “Sitting in the waiting room at 6 p.m., I’m already > feeling hopeful. Although my chest feels tight and my world a fragile mess. > I walk into your office, wide-eyed with fear of what we will find behind > the closed door; my self-defeating tendencies, my secr” >
Thank you, Leah. 🙂