Jeff Levy, LCSW
Mental Health, Relationships, Trauma, Identity
Jeff Levy, LCSW
(originally posted on Branching Out: The Live Oak Blog, February 2014)
Marty consistently talked about his garden each time we met for therapy. It was his greatest source of pride and, since he retired, where he spent most of his time. He described it in great detail, often telling me about new plants he had bought or perennials he had transplanted. He brought in pictures of his garden frequently and eventually asked me directly if I would come see it.
Rob had been in therapy several times before seeing me. He was insistent that it had helped, but he wanted to work on some very specific issues that he read were areas of expertise for me. In our initial phone conversation, he shared that he lived several hours away and it would be extremely difficult to see me weekly. He also shared that he lived in a small community and he didn’t want to see anyone with whom he may have contact in his daily life. He asked if I would consider seeing him for two-hour sessions, once per month.
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