Have you ever wondered what goes on in a therapists’ head? There’s been times I’ve been tempted to write a book on the making of a therapist.
I envisioned a book filled with anecdotes, truisms and lessons learned from working with the public. There’s been lessons from university professors, old counselors, elderly pastors and experiences with clients that have shaped the making of me as a therapist.
There’s often more lessons learned over a cup of coffee between counselors than what they were taught in the classroom. At those times, you gain gold nuggets of wisdom.
One of the lessons I learned from an older, more experienced therapist is “What’s left out is as important as what gets said“. Those omissions reveal more than the admissions.
You know from dealing with the cheater, how important ‘what they don’t tell you’ is. Knowing where the holes are in their story reveals a great deal.
I was reminded of this on reading through a book addressing ethics written by prominent theologians. The section on ‘adultery’ was educating. It gave me insight into the current state of a minister’s education.
The theologian addressed the standard events of King David’s adultery and the woman taken in adultery. He totally left out episodes of religious leaders having affairs along with the wife swapping episodes.
When theologians from prominent Ivy League schools leave things like that out, it leaves a huge canyon size hole in the education of young pastors.
Limiting the discussion of adultery to when a king has an affair and when someone was caught leaves out some other important lessons. The episodes of ministers having affairs, handling family members promoting affairs, wife swapping, dealing with unwanted advances and rebuilding your marriage after you spouses’ affairs are omitted.
In my mind, those are the episodes that touch on issues many of you are facing. Yet, they are conveniently omitted.
It’s no wonder that many pastors and congregations have questions about adultery when adulterous episodes and their lessons are omitted.
Therapists and counselors aren’t much better. Although many couples come into our offices in crisis regarding affairs, the topic is conveniently downplayed or omitted at professional and education conferences.
When those you go to for counsel don’t have the full story, how will they give it to you? When they are blanketed with convenient omissions when it comes to affairs, it’s no wonder they only have limited answers to the topic.
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