Are you ready for some spacious lingering?

Today Fe takes a look at why its good to linger and give space to things in psychotherapy, rather than always rush on to the next idea.

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I heard this wonderful phrase a few weeks ago, and it has really stayed with me. Amidst the chaos of family life I smiled wryly at the idea of lingering at all, let alone spaciously!
As I left the concept to percolate, I began to recognise how much it chimed with my experience of what it is that makes psychotherapy impactful.
In a therapy session, there is a spaciousness. There’s no expectation of what needs to get done or be covered, no pressure to be a certain way. It’s an exploration. A dialogue. A gentle, respectful way of being with whatever it is that’s on your mind and in your body.
Part of what makes therapy impactful is that it lingers. Curiosity is a key aspect of the process. Whatever it is that’s experienced, there is a wondering how this is the case, how it is that we experience it this particular way. Rather than continually moving on to the next thing, we linger, we make space, and we hold attention where it is. When we do, new insights, different perspectives, and more information emerges.
You may come to understand how different aspects of your experience connect to each other. You may feel your feelings more fully. You may realise that you have been holding on to ideas about yourself or the world that are no longer relevant.
Whatever it is that you are aware of, the beauty of consciousness is that there is always more to discover. When you linger spaciously, a little more can bubble up to the surface, awareness can expand, and knowing can become an integrated, felt experience that encompasses what you think, what you feel, and what you sense in your body.
I’m challenging myself to linger spaciously in other areas of my life, and it’s doing me the power of good. A few breaths, a pause to enjoy the sunlight, or listen to the birds, tiny moments are bringing me back to myself and my surroundings. Let’s face it, we all need a little time to catch up with ourselves, especially when we’re moving at pace.
For online psychotherapy that lingers and offers space, get in touch.

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.