Maybe we are the most well-adjusted of them all –
Mustering the courage to speak candidly honors us.
Our ability to be vulnerable is one of our greatest strengths –
What does it take to be honest with others, if not trust?
Exposing our most shameful parts involves just that –
It takes faith to allow others to peer into one’s soul.
Tolerance is required when we tell our full story;
Integration is fitting the pieces into a whole.
Any shameful feeling we have about being in therapy
Is more than compensated for by the pride we may feel.
Many people spend their lifetimes shrouded in secrecy;
Group therapy is about human beings aiming to be real.
The relating group affords is both rare and sought-after;
It is important to me not to miss the “intimacy train”
I don’t want to miss the conversation around the fire,
Whilst I am peering in on the party from outside in the rain.
The somewhat shallow life I lead, albeit pleasant,
Seems more meaningless and dull from their point of view.
But Monday nights are marked by camaraderie and challenge;
The process turns my pastel existence to a more vibrant hue.
Here is a poem that is relatively similar you might want to check out. It is entitled “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”
Another you might appreciate is entitled “The Courage to Feel”
Here is a page about understanding psychotherapy and how it works, in case you are interested.
“Integration is Fitting the Pieces into a Whole” © Jason Merchey 1999-2018