Getting counseling is good and all -- but is it really necessary to spend a lot of money just to have a complaint session?
Bruce Sallan: As if it hasn't been abundantly obvious, I am just a guy trying his best to be a good husband and father. Naturally, once in a very rare while, I may make a tiny mistake. Consequently, my wife and I do go to a therapist, on that rare occasion I may make a minuscule gaff. Naturally, my wife flubs up several times -- an hour.
Joking aside, we do have our "stuff" -- a word that will forever be enshrined in my mind with the late, great George Carlin. (Google him and "stuff" if you're soooo old as not to remember that famous routine of his. Or maybe I'll just provide the link for you, and save your lazy butt the effort. Should I? Okay, if you insist: Here it is.)
But I'm getting off track here. Does therapy work for you? I find we tend to just use most sessions as complaint fests. Granted, we are the most stubborn two people I know, but do we really need to pay beaucoup $$$ to rant about each other?
We do get good advice from our therapist, but as a man I greatly respect has said about therapy and therapists, finding a good one and therefore getting value is not easy. I think we have a good one. We just need to listen to him once in a while. But what do I know? I'm just a guy.
|Bruce Sallan gave up his showbiz career a decade ago to raise his two boys, now 13 and 16, full-time. His internationally syndicated column, A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW, is his take on the challenges of parenthood and male/female issues, both as a single dad and, now, as a newly remarried dad in a blended family. Join Bruce's A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW fan page at Facebook and follow him on Twitter. To contact Bruce, visit his new website brucesallan.com.|