Lester Cook editorial: A Therapy Session with Myself


A Therapy Session with Myself is staged in the intimate Kraine Theater.  The proscenium stage allows for the audience a clear view of this delightfully poignant struggle with an individual coming to terms with an assigned psychiatric label and the battle to overcome the self-defeating psychological tapes of his inner self.  This play is brutally honest, incredibly vulnerable, and extremely thought provoking.  Every person who has  struggled with recovery can tell you about a day of reckoning with themselves, and that A Therapy Session with Myself tells that story with integrity and sensitivity to give a broad view of the challenges one faces when one strives to regain their identity once that identity kit has been stripped away.  This is a play about voice and how the benevolence of the past can interfere with the development of a person.

The actors in this play are an ensemble and it was meant to be that way.  Each character was inextricably intertwined with every other character.  Alex’s voice, past and present, are dependent on every other character – from his therapists to his family to his friends and those like himself struggle– each voice was needed as a part to the collective whole.  A Therapy Session with Myself gives everyone a voice and an identity with dignity and we all should be listening.  It does this with honesty and vulnerability for those who struggle to find their own voice.  It also considers those who have good intentions but may make the critical mistakes of denying one’s lived experiences in favor of the professionals.   This is about freeing oneself and everyone should see A Therapy Session with Myself if for nothing more than an opportunity to delve into oneself’s own demons and talk back to them.

The struggle is real, and this play is an eye-opener to my own demons.  I would highly recommend that one should see A Therapy Session with Myself.

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