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Trying2013 posted 10/18/2013 14:17 PM

My bf and I are beginning the rebuilding process. Granted, it won't be easy, but he is open to building communication with me in hopes that this will strengthen the relationship and put us in a wonderful place again.
I struggle sometimes because my bf is rather damaged, emotionally. He feels very low about himself but never really says why. He bottles a lot and has never really let me get very deep. I think this is part of the reason we are where we are.
I have read a lot of notes about MC and IC. While we haven't crossed to that point yet, I was wondering...
Can anyone offer any particular activities or questions that they came across in MC or IC that may have helped communication?
Also, any suggestions on thing s I could offer to him to maybe help him see the good in himself (even though he's done a terrible thing, he is a wonderful man) and allow himself to feel more confident?
I read one post about a couple that sat and made a list of what made them feel loved. I liked that...

bionicgal posted 10/18/2013 16:25 PM

Therapy is a relationship -- why not just go? What is holding you back? You shouldn't try to be the therapist. Why not look into it?

LA44 posted 10/18/2013 18:21 PM

Hi Trying2013, in short I agree w bionic.

In long...Your note reads as if (gently) you want to save your bf. To be the one to "fix" him. This is not possible no matter how many wonderful things you can say about him.

You say you haven't "crossed that point" of IC or MC. I say, "cross it!" Moreso for him to get IC first. Sounds like he has some internal struggles and that is best left to a therapist.

But since you asked....the first thing our MC had us do was write down (on our own) what our wants + needs were. We should have done this pre-wedding. We then compared notes after that to see where we were connecting. Incidentally, needs are things you are not willing to live w/o ie: honesty.

I wish you both well.
LA

breakingpoint posted 10/18/2013 19:05 PM

I agree with the other advice. Take your broken selves in and just be honest. You've got nothing to lose.

I would say that you will know quickly if you have found the "right" one. If after two visits, you aren't sure, keep shopping. Issues don't get resolved quickly, but good therapists make me think pretty quickly and say at least a few things that stick after the first few sessions.

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