Silence is the natural part of speech that never lets you down.
If at your initial meeting the counsellor looks even more miserable than you, don’t go back.
Laughing and weeping and sighing – it’s what humans do best, in no particular order.
I lie in order to bring myself roughly into being and only then can I begin to speak the truth.
To make yourself out to be happier than you are is to be happier than you think.
It goes without saying. Of course I’m happiest when I forget all about being happy.
Common sense would suggest that common sense is a good thing.
Your particular suffering is always somehow perfectly unspeakable.
Who exactly is insisting that you live your life the way you are living it now?
That unusual word you use, that odd turn of phrase, that untamed metaphor – there’s your magic.
When your therapist tells you a slightly different story about you as if you didn’t already secretly know it …
Lighten up and get over yourself – the best advice I’ve ever given to me and ignored.
It can feel great to play it but don’t let your therapy become merely a language game.
My opinions strike me as provisional no matter how long I spend forming them.
A smart thought rarely dispels a bad mood but running on the spot for a minute or two will do the trick.
Know your profound emptiness amidst abundance and nothing is ever lost to you.
Not just clearing my throat. Sometimes in a session my body sings and I can barely utter a word.
If you find some other people wonderful why not let yourself be just as wonderful to others?
Saying nothing much to your therapist is only human after all.
Your first solo act of responsibility as a little child was to talk candidly to yourself.
Soulfulness seems to become deepened by the mundane as much as by specialities.
When you pay your therapist you are instructing them to look after their own mental health.
It helps us to understand each other better by looking like we could.
The power of then. The past isn’t happening now so let’s get going before it restarts.
In another life I’m still dreaming of this one.
It could be scarily liberating to realise that hardly anyone knows anything about your existence.
That subtle and penetrating insight you had yesterday – where is it hiding out now?
Profoundly therapeutic dialogue can’t help but generate moments of divine silliness.
Your life may be no more or less painful than anybody else’s but you’re the only one who can live it.
To heal means to become whole, so get ready for a mighty slow-motion internal explosion.
Reassuring to know your inner child is always listening intently to you talking away like an adult.
Every gleaming sentence is a spell cast in the hope of teasing out the next crappy one.
What’s almost true is more exciting than what’s totally true.
Perhaps nobody ever truly empathises with another person without making bland assumptions.
Partiality. You’re talking to me as if I know you, when all I have is my version of your version of you.
To listen to counsellors and therapists having a discussion you’d think they were in love with suffering.
He could see my puzzlement and smiled at me like I knew what he meant, then suddenly I did know.
In good therapy, when two people talk and one is a therapist, both become therapists.
Jim recommends …
… Presley, E. (1960). ‘It’s Now Or Never.’
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