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No Unattended Children




Do you ever want to opt out of a therapy session?

To simply send your inner child to therapy without you?


That’s just what I want to do. I don’t want to be witness to the messy work that my inner teen needs to do.


I’ll drive her to therapy. I’ll even wait in the waiting room for her to finish, but I’ll send her in on her surly big-little own.


I think she can get along just swell with my therapist if only I wouldn’t intervene every minute and remind her not to embarrass me. Maybe without the ego police guarding every word she’ll have the freedom to be herself. And even more importantly, I won’t have to be mortified watching the interactions.


Don’t think I didn’t try getting a child-only slot. But my therapist says she doesn’t treat clients that young, and I have to come along. In fact, she says that the work needs to be done collaboratively.

What’s she saying there?

How is this fair?


And I’m wondering if I am really capable of bringing this teen with me.


We don’t get along that well, and being in a room together means a constant battle. Every word that comes out or stays in is a battle of wits between me and that teen. We fight so much, that much of my therapy session is spent in silence, waging wars in my brain.


So I’m not sure what to do.

Bring her along and fight the good fight?

Leave that teen at home and then put up with her tantrum when I return?


What would you do?


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Leah Schiffer
Leah Schiffer
11 de mai. de 2022

Love this! so true.

Me? I'd bring her along and bribe myself with an expensive treat if I manage keep quiet and let her do teenage drama and brattery! I may have to bring some pins to keep my eyes from rolling though...

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Melissa
Melissa
12 de mai. de 2022
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I'm definitely going with the first one! 🤣

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grunwaldmalki
10 de mai. de 2022

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Inner Child therapist, where are you when we all need you? And I've often gone searching for a babysitter for all my time consuming inner children, so far with no success. Open to any recommendations...

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Melissa
Melissa
10 de mai. de 2022
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Ha! Right? It should be its own branch of therapy!

I gotta say the idea of sending inner children to a babysitter is brilliant! 😍

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Emunah Harrel
Emunah Harrel
10 de mai. de 2022

Bring her along!! 📣 Bring her along!📣

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Melissa
Melissa
10 de mai. de 2022
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Oh, how I need this encouragement! 😍

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