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Scanner Therapy

Postby TomK » Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:22 am

Firstly I have to say that there is a similar topic in this forum but I thought against digging up an old post only to ask a question. (For reference: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=21979) I have been in therapy for quite some time in my life (and changed a few therapists on the way - could that be part of me being a scanner?) The latest one, lasted 2 years and I ended it 6 months ago as I was getting tired/fed up with it. One of the main issues I was working on was boredom at work and having lost interest, feeling of lack of time for my many interests, and feeling like I want to press pause on life so I can work on my hobbies. Since I left therapy, I read Barbara Sher's books and I feel I have at last discovered myself. Regardless to say that any notion that I could be a scanner/renaissance man/any-other-term was not explored. I haven't talked to my old therapist about being a scanner but judging from previous experience when I was reading personal development and spirituality books he was telling me I was doing that as distraction from the real issues (something similar said the lady who posted the original scanner therapy post). I'm really happy to identify as a scanner and has given me a great sense of relief and some very interesting tools (that I always knew I wanted just never tried - used to marvel at Leonardo's notebooks and wanted one for myself, somehow then I thought I wasn't allowed to have one !?). I know feel that I want to continue therapy but with someone who won't pathologise my scanner identity (similar to not wanting to have my sexuality pathologised when I first went into therapy). Does anyone know, or can recommend any therapists who are either scanners themselves or have experience with scanners in London, UK? Many thanks, Tom
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Re: Scanner Therapy

Postby Corona50 » Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:48 pm

Hi TomK I'm afraid I can't recommend anyone in particular but I wonder if it would be helpful for you to have a look at the BACP website (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy)? I think from there you can email various therapists in your area, and you could sound out their reaction to what you now feel you need? Alternatively, I wondered if you've ever considered a life coach? (They may be more open to finding creative problem-solving strategies rather than trying to "fix" you - I'm afraid the latter is my experience with therapists). Good luck. PS Strongly identify with SO MUCH of what you say ...
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Re: Scanner Therapy

Postby DStaub11 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:02 am

I'm lucky enough to have found a therapist who has totally supported me as I discovered myself as a scanner. She specializes in gifted people, and that's probably a good direction to go as you look for someone. I had worked with other therapists who either were judgemental or just couldn't keep up with my "rainforest" thinking process. I've worked with Paula for twelve years and continue to grow and learn. So don't give up on therapy--it can be really helpful if you find the right person! Here's my therapist's website, which may be helpful in searching for someone in your area: www.rainforestmind.com. Do Mi
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Re: Scanner Therapy

Postby Andreya » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:37 pm

DStaub11 wrote:http://www.rainforestmind.com.
Great link, thanks! Very interesting information on that website, possibly of use to parents of many gifted kids too! I checked out her book on amazon too, did you read it? Then I looked at some related books about ADD, giftedness, etc. - an interesting one says kids are dreamers or doers, and seems to explain a lot too! There are specialists on ADD too, so these might offer help from that perspective (scanners and ADD may sometimes overlap and have similar problems with orgaization, time management, remembering things etc.) Otherwise - to the original poster - probably best to ask about this, and possibly bring with Refuse to Choose or a similar book?
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Re: Scanner Therapy

Postby shparks » Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:51 pm

When I was in graduate school, I went to the staff psychologist. I actually told him about "Refuse to Choose" and scanners. He was interested in looking into it for himself. I wonder if he ever did.
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Re: Scanner Therapy

Postby Andreya » Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:27 am

shparks wrote:When I was in graduate school, I went to the staff psychologist. I actually told him about "Refuse to Choose" and scanners. He was interested in looking into it for himself. I wonder if he ever did.
He he, call him up and ask? ;)
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