excerpt from the counseling session

Subdued by Drew Stephens is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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Subdued by Drew Stephens is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

“The passions that we fought with and subdued/Never quite die. In some maimed serpent’s coil/They lurk” – Trumbull Stickney, “The Passions that we Fought with and Subdued”

She says:  Isn’t it enough that I stayed with you?

He says:  But you didn’t want to.  You did it for the kids.

She:  Maybe so.  What about it?

He:  I wanted you to stay for me.

She:  I stayed.  Isn’t that enough?

Therapist:  I think Richard is trying to say that he values your relationship with him, not just as a parent.  And he’s hoping you see it the same way.

She:  Isn’t it enough that I stayed?

Therapist:  (gently)  I think Richard is hoping for more.

(beat)

She:  I thought it through.  All in all it was better for all of us if I stayed.

Therapist:  And what about you?  Was it better for Claire to stay?

She:  I made it work.  I wasn’t going to put us through a divorce.  It’s more than I can say for him.

He:  Don’t I have a right to be in a relationship with someone who wants to be with me?

She:  And so now you want a divorce.

He:  You didn’t want to stay.

She:  I stayed, didn’t I?

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