The 12 Days of Psychotherapy

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The 12 Days of Psychotherapy

A new Christmas carol for our time
Posted Dec 10, 2015
by Tina Gilbertson LPC, DCC
Originally posted on Psychology Today

Verse 1

On the first day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 2

On the second day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 3

On the third day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 4

On the fourth day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
Four treatment goals,
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 5

On the fifth day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD,
Four treatment goals,
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 6

On the sixth day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
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Six good reflections,
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD,
Four treatment goals,
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 7

On the seventh day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
Seven short assessments,
Six good reflections,
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD,
Four treatment goals,
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.
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Verse 8

On the eighth day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
Eight million Kleenex,
Seven short assessments,
Six good reflections,
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD,
Four treatment goals,
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 9

On the ninth day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
Nine labeled feelings,
Eight million Kleenex,
Seven short assessments,
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Six good reflections,
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD,
Four treatment goals,
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 10

On the tenth day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
Ten new perspectives,
Nine labeled feelings,
Eight million Kleenex,
Seven short assessments,
Six good reflections,
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD,
Four treatment goals,
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 11

On the eleventh day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
Eleven ways of coping,
Ten new perspectives,
Nine labeled feelings,
Eight million Kleenex,
Seven short assessments,
Six good reflections,
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD,
Four treatment goals,
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Verse 12

On the twelfth day of therapy, my therapist gave to me
Twelve probing questions,
Eleven ways of coping,
Ten new perspectives,
Nine labeled feelings,
Eight million Kleenex,
Seven short assessments,
Six good reflections,
UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD,
Four treatment goals,
Three mm-hm’s,
Two cups of tea,
And some insight in-to my psyche.

Bonus verse

On the thirteenth day of Christmas, my therapist gave to me
an invoice for the preceding 12 sessions, with a polite request to remit payment upon receipt.


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