Goodbyes in Group Therapy

this is my response to a group member’s Email:

I’m glad you’ll come for the complete, 3 more sessions, Goodbye.  It’s just what I’d imagine you’d decide, especially after yesterday’s session – a great demo and video of humans’ sometimes surprisingly strong and important Goodbye feelings.  It’s not always so clear as it was yesterday during Group goodbyes, how powerful and useful the 3 overlapping emotional aspects of every goodbye can be.  It can seem risky and scary, learning to be aware of and put them into words [at least within ourselves], in every Goodbye to important people, places and things – including hopes and dreams that can’t come true : Appreciations, Resentments & Regrets.
   All these feelings and habits are likely partly connected to each of our too frequently negative [often outside-of-conscious awareness], early history of intense emotional closeness in our original families.  Fortunately those early learnings can be modified by strong positive emotional experience in family-like settings like Group Therapy.  We do have choices now-a-days about with whom and how we gather necessary emotional intimacy/support.    Dr Bob
Please share your experience/response to this Post. I'd sure like to know, and it could be useful to someone else. You can click the Post's title to view the entire post, and Comment below, if you like. The "Name Field" will accept any name, so you can be Anonymous [Anon] if you prefer. You must enter your Email to post a comment, but your Email address will not appear publicly. Thanks, Dr Bob
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