Election Emotions: How Talk Therapy Can Help

I have consistently written about the therapeutic value of finding words for one’s feelings. I have been working with individuals, families and groups for 20 years and the most important aspect of my practice has been providing a containing clinical space for my clientele to take their time and speak their minds.

Recently, I read an article that described “emotional granularity“, the adaptive value of putting feelings into words with a high degree of complexity. On the day following the election, before reading this article, I was determined to be where I needed to be: in my office, fully aware and completely available to help my patients make sense of their emotional worlds and hopefully find a constructive way to put their feelings into action.