The person being therapist suggested an experiment: for the rest of the duration of the experiment, I could only take a maximum of 3 seconds to think before responding.
They would hold the time boundary and demand I respond if it got to 3 seconds.
The lesson here isn’t that 3 second thinking is preferable.
Generally speaking, I find it to be good practice to spend some time contemplating what I to do with what comes into my awareness; some discoveries come before their time and need to be let go. This is an exciting development, emerging out of the pull many psychotherapists and counsellors feel towards some kind of activism.A trio of trainees take turns to swap the roles Therapist, Client, and Observer.I remember being client in one skills practice session, and discussing the problem of thinking so much about what I wanted to say that I never got to say it.It is unlikely to be a coincidence that Generation Rent is a political topic of the day.The transience and rootlessness of renting therapy rooms by the hour is something I have begun to find unbearable. Renting a space means more than just renting a space that belongs to someone else.