It absolutely drives me crazy that I continue on this path in life and I want it to STOP. Emotional exhaustion.
All my life, I have been focused on others, usually a mother figure, and knew that it was because my mother and I were not close. Mom was mom, I knew I was her daughter but no love expressed or shown, only one hug in my life that I remember. Sad, so sad.
I would always connect well with older adults, men or women, as I welcomed their advice and direction. It’s with those that showed me care and concern though, the motherly women figures, I became attached. I want more of their time, their advice and above all the care they gave me, the hugs. This pattern continued over and over until time passed or I was hurt by something in the relationship and my view of them became disillusioned.
Realizing the same thing did exist and still of my former counselor. Transference. According to what I have read, transference is typical and actually normal as it causes the client to relate with the counselor, as there is a trust that is built, which is what is needed in a therapeutic environment. I get that but did not want this to happen yet again but it did.
Thankfully, before she left her practice, we discussed my pattern in life many times and how this affected me. I am unsure with her leaving, if she realized that I would struggle as much as I have. I do. Probably so, as she knew me quite well. I really get tired of this and thoughts that continue though. Nothing bad, nothing sexual but thoughts of I wish I could talk to her as I am unsure about this or that, questioning if she even thinks of me or remembers me now, hope I run into her, etc. Make it stop. Make this pattern stop. Frustration of this seems to be a daily task, feeling the loss of an emotional attachment, the grief that is felt but more-so the abandonment yet again in my life, feeling lost in the I need you, I don’t know what to do, etc. Normal. Being a child not receiving the care and concern, this pattern exists, like it or not.
Tonight as I did some research and found some links, I was amazed that I am not alone. This is way normal for many. Go figure. Here I thought something was wrong with me and that, too, is a normal response to this pattern. What is wrong with me, besides of feeling somewhat obsessed is the fact I did not get the love I needed as a young child and this enabled coping skills for me by seeking out those that will care and love me.
These websites gave some tips on how to stop this, usually in a girlfriend/boyfriend situation but can be interchanged also. The link below is a post from Obsessed with the counselor’s reply. Obsessed could be me writing this and I had to actually question if it was me but the date it was written was too early in our counseling together. I understood Obsessed.
Also recommended that further thought be made as to when this all started in youth and examine this pattern. Acknowledge this and to not ignore the thoughts and feelings. To be and feel the attachment and have the fear of abandonment is rooted here besides childhood emotional neglect that I have mentioned before in my writings. I get that but finding that root has been exasperating but I am determined to be healed in this area. I’m tired.
Life is interesting. It’s hard at times. I have learned through this and other areas within counseling and research that knowing I am not alone, healing begins and I adapt better.
Just knowing I am not alone. It’s like a gift.
This is an area that in between counseling sessions, it is our due diligence to do further research to help ourselves. Counseling sessions end after fifty minutes or so but can continue if you desire.
Learning more on transference and reading of others experiencing the same tonight, this was on my timetable and free plus nice to know I am normal. Normal due to my situation. Adult problems are childhood issues.
While I miss her as my counselor of four years, I probably will continue to think of her but maybe now not as much and have input how to help me overcome this pattern. I know this is an area I have dealt with most of my life so I will struggle at times, with God’s Grace I will get through this. No matter, I wish and pray the best for her. I was blessed to have had her in my life and she will always be a part of my testimony. Many times, I wish she would read my writings as she brought me to this point. Although I hurt emotionally at times, I am not in the pit of hopelessness I was four years ago walking through her door.
My hope one day is that I can stand on a platform telling my testimony of emotional healing and God’s Grace upon my life through troubles and trials with her joining me to my right, holding her hand up in appreciation and praise to God. God knows the desires of my heart and maybe one day this will come to pass. I have hope.
Most important is that only the Lord can fill the void within us with His Love. ❤️