Three Ways to Support
So you’ve already taken a big step towards taking care of yourself and feeling better - you're in therapy. Like us, you believe that long term therapy can bring a peace of mind that’s hard to achieve any other way. Indeed, you yearn for the day when it'll free you. We're with you on that one :-)
Like us, you may have also found that therapy presents a few unique challenges - stuff you hadn't anticipated such as the relationship you have with your therapist. This is a crucial point (you can take our word for it) because much of what you get out of your therapy depends on what occurs between you and your therapist. And that's regardless of the type of therapy you're getting!
The PsychCafe has three ways
we can help you on your journey
1. Read our older posts. There's no cost and you don't even have to sign up. Basically, you'll have access to all archived material. (Any post that has not been updated in 18 months is automatically archived). You'll get to know our community and develop an appreciation for the kind of the support we offer here. . . which, as you can tell, we're pretty proud of!
2. Become a Free Member. It only takes an email address. You get to create your own anonymous username. With Free Membership you'll have access to our most recent material. And the biggest benefit? Being a Member you have the ability to chat with other members on a whole range of topics, especially those issues related to your ongoing therapy.
3. Become a Patron Member. With this level of membership you'll have access to all the material that Free members have plus some spiffy features (like being able to edit your content anytime). You'll also have access to two of our private forums.
What's special about these private forums is that they're never available to the public - even when it passes the 18 month update limit. With the private forums you can be assured of ironclad privacy and anonymity. When you have questions of a delicate nature - that are potentially triggering to others - you'll feel safe to chat and share. Read more. . .
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Get ongoing advice and support as you continue with your work in psychotherapy.
A message from Shrinklady, founder of the PsychCafe:
You might recognize a bit of yourself in my experience…
In 2006, I had already been in therapy for over 5 years. I was doing really well. Once the fog of dissociation had lifted it was like seeing the world for the first time. I was excited and wanted to share my experience with others.
Even so, I was alone in my experience - there wasn’t anyone I could safely share my successes with nor could anyone really appreciate the challenges I faced (especially the one about my therapist).
Who could I talk to about such stuff?
That’s what inspired me to set up the PsychCafe. I figured that in a safe environment we therapy clients could share our stories and help each other.
Before too long it became obvious that I was unable to moderate a forum where I also wanted to share myself and my troubles (especially as I was publicly known). Nope I wasn’t up for that task…not then, as it turns out.
So while I was active in the Cafe for a couple years (mostly weighing in as any Shrink might), other ventures pulled me away.
That’s when you came in…
What happened since that time is something I never could have predicted.
A community began to develop on its own. It was born out of the needs of a core group of long term members who felt as I did, that community support helps a lot as you go through therapy. It has since been championed by many others.
I’m totally impressed with what the Members have created here. The collective knowledge and experience of this community compares favorably to that of the best therapists. They’re often more attuned to each other than their own therapists are to them.
Members reach down inside themselves in order to help each other. There’s love here, and I don’t use that term lightly. People do care for each other.
It's not a big, happy family of course. As in every community there are the occasional rough patches, but everyone seems to find their way back again. They get it worked out, as in every long term relationship.
While I currently manage the backend operations of the PsychCafe, the community manages itself to a great degree. I am responsive to the needs of the community and work towards finding balance wherever I can.
We recently implemented a new Premium Membership in the hopes of soliciting a paid moderator (our current membership numbers just barely cover the internet hosting fees). It’s our goal to keep the community self-sustaining.
If you have any doubts that this community is for you, I invite you to sign up as a Free Member. Get to know our community. Then when you’re ready, sign up for our Patron Membership and take your commitment to yourself and your therapy to the next level!
Dr. Susan LaCombe
Psychologist & Psychotherapist
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