Two Therapy Poems

Two Therapy Poems

by Esther W. Wright-Wilson
Poems by Esther Wright-Wilson about those unsettling moments in therapy that we can all relate to.

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“On the Way Out”

Whether it is a the end of a session or at the end of our work
Information is sometimes disclosed that leaves me wondering
“Seriously, you are telling me this now?”
Other questions follow, “How should I respond to this … the disclosure and your timing?”
Extend the session beyond the therapy hour to make sure it is okay to end?
Or say, “It sounds like something that would be helpful to address in future therapy or sessions?”
A decision has to be made in seconds while maintaining an appropriate facial expression
(What is an appropriate facial expression at this time, anyway?)
Hopefully, I will make the best therapeutic decision or one that will pass “the pillow test”
But there are times when I want to ask, “Please, stop dropping these bombs on your way out.”

“Therapy Soundtrack”

My stomach gurgles
I respond by tightening my stomach muscles while wondering, “Did ­__ hear that?”
Previous experience has taught me that stomach gurgles are not like the Lone Ranger, travelling with only one companion
They are more like rabbits, born in a litter
So, as a safeguard, I cross one hand across my stomach
Hoping that, although it has not worked before, this time the gesture will soothe the sounds to a whimper
I draw some comfort from the fact that at least I am not hiccupping or having a sneezing fit
One that triggers a concerned, “Are you okay?” from my client
Biological processes creating an unwanted therapy soundtrack
Perhaps they come in sessions to remind both my client and I that I am a normal human, not one endowed with super powers

© 2012 Esther W. Wright-Wilson
Esther W. Wright-Wilson Esther W. Wright-Wilson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who has worked primarily with college students. She loves writing, finds few things more satisfying than a well-turned phrase, and would have everyone engage in journal writing if she had her way. She has written poems for several years, and her more recent poems include ones about her experiences as a psychologist.