Excellent material that helps me reflect on recent therapy where we entered to work on our relationship. My partner would not let go of her anger at me for taking care of my exhusband during a life threatening cardiac crisis. Long story, yet I choose to be there for our only child a successful adult daughter with two little girls who relied on her dad in many ways. I was able to be there for all of them for two months. Yet my partner saw this as an abandonment. I could never help her see my truth and the relationship ended. I continued to work in therapy
finding my own dependent attachment. Releasing myself has brought an opportunity to have a healthier relationship in my future. Accepting the end of my relationship has been painfully freeing.
"Even with this more emotion-friendly attitude, it seems to me that, as a field, we still tend to err on the side of bypassing or containing emotion, rather than actively using it for change."
Arts therapists, particularly music therapists, have been doing a great job with this for decades. Unfortunately, turf issues have kept effective arts therapy treatments from rising to the prominence their effectiveness warrants.