Why talk to a therapist?

George*, an elderly man in his seventies, struggling to cope with the sudden death his wife, had been urged to come to therapy by his family. After taking his details, I asked him how he felt about seeing a therapist. He started by saying ‘I’m not sure why I’m here. Everyone thinks I need therapy, but I think I’m all right. I’ve talked to lots of people about it and I don’t see how talking to one more person is going to make any difference to the way I feel.’ It was important that the reason George agreed to continue with the session was for himself and not to placate anyone else. Once I’d explored this with him and was satisfied that he was happy to go ahead despite not being convinced of i

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