It was my day to do the 1:1 session with the counselor. For the past couple of weeks, the ENQ kept popping into my mind, so I decided that I needed to talk about it. In fact, right be fore I left, I took my completed questionnaire with me. I’m very glad that I did.
This session, like al the others, involved getting the counselor up to speed on things. This time it was about some things I’ve tried (like Relationship Rescue, praying togeth and a few other things, but notably NOT the cage) as well as how our daily routine generally runs and why it’s hard to find time to talk. The one hour whizzed by faster than about any other I’ve ever been through. Next thing, he was saying “Well, we’ve only got a few minutes left of our time…”
So I took out the ENQ. He said he was familiar with it, but with a little more questioning I discovered he had never laid eyes on one before. He was keen to have it, so I gave it to him. I can always do another one. There was some discussion about how that was one more attempt by me to move things along and how Arwyn did not follow through. He was keen for her to do one and I said that I would speak to her about it and he said that he would also put in a word, if she wouldn’t listen to me. He said that he does have couples do a similar questionnaire but his wasn’t as in-depth as the one I had by Harley. I got the distinct impression that I was going to have to keep goosing this guy to get things moving. We talked about whether we should have a joint session next time or do another seperate round. I opted for another separate round, in order that Arwyn could get a chance to do her own ENQ and that we might actually have something significant to discuss when we came together. I voiced some concern about where we were headed and whether or not we were actually going anywhere. I can’t remember his exact response, but he agreed that we could benefit from another separate round of counseling. Maybe he was making more headway with her than me.
I’m thinking that perhaps next time I might go ahead and bring up the cage/chastity play as, if nothing else, it might make these sessions feel more interesting. He’s the only Christian therapist around, and I’m thinking that he might benefit from broadening his horizons a little bit. He might discover a new favorite kink;-) I do like him, despite the feeling that we’re sort of dragging/drifting along. He’s very skilled at active listening which may endear him more to Arwyn. I’m just wondering aloud here if I might have had better luck with a female therapist since they are often better at confronting women than the men are. Or maybe they might be better at confronting, in general.
Heck if I know.
In other news, our roof is fixed just in time for more weather. Arwyn also had a few minor medical tests/procedures done and I’m glad everything went okay. I never know how exactly to react to these health things, as she has always had several different things going on at any given time. I try to act concerned because I am, and I’m equally relieved she was able to be treated so easily. But empathy and emotionalism isn’t my strong suit I know she doesn’t like it if I don’t act sufficiently concerned and I don’t think I made the grade this time around because we were so busy with other things (counseling being just one of them). Oh well.
Happy anniversary; another year of involuntary celibacy.