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What Your Therapist Means When They Ask You to ‘Sit With Your Feelings’

It’s not about wallowing or self-care — it’s about paying attention

Mollie Birney, M.A.
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readOct 30, 2020

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“Sit with your feelings” is the lukewarm, nebulous buzz phrase we’ve all been hearing a lot lately. We hear it from our therapists, we hear it from mental health columnists, we hear it from…

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Mollie Birney, M.A.
Human Parts

Clinical Coach in private practice — life coaching with an eye towards mental health. @molliebirney www.molliebirney.com