Coping with gaps and breaks in psychotherapy 

The Border Between

Learning to cope with gaps and breaks in therapy has been one of the most difficult experiences for me. It’s a journey I’ve made a little progress with, but am very much still on. 

For anyone who has never been in therapy this may seem like an alien concept: you turn up once a week for fifty minutes and then get on with your life, right? For some, yes, maybe that’s how it works. Some may treat gaps and breaks with indifference, or even feel relieved at not having a session in any given week. I’m going to take a wild guess here, that it’s those of us with early attachment issues, interpersonal problems or symptoms such as those reflected in Borderline Personality Disorder – that struggle the most with the time chasm between sessions.

For me, it started out as a week-to-week issue. My struggles were so great over…

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