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Embracing Awkward Silences: Navigating Therapy Together

Embracing awkward silences during therapy. A man in reflection in counselling. Anchoridge Counselling.

When you're seeing a therapist, throughout your sessions together, you may encounter moments of silence that feel awkward and uncomfortable. As you embark on this path together, it's essential to understand that these silences are not only normal but also vital for your growth and healing. In this blog post, we'll explain why embracing these awkward silences can lead to deeper understanding and self-awareness in our therapeutic process.

The Uncomfortable Nature of Silence

We understand that awkward silences can be unsettling, leaving you wondering if you should say something or if we're wasting valuable time. However, it's important to recognize that these quiet moments serve a purpose in therapy.

Allowing Space for Reflection

During our sessions, we intentionally create a safe space for you to reflect on your thoughts and feelings. These silences provide the opportunity for you to delve deeper into your emotions and experiences. In the absence of immediate conversation, you may find profound insights and realizations about yourself, which might have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Processing Difficult Emotions

It's completely natural to experience emotional discomfort, especially when discussing challenging topics. Awkward silences can arise when you're trying to articulate your feelings or when emotions become overwhelming. Instead of rushing to fill these silences, we encourage you to allow yourself the time to process your emotions at your own pace. This gentle approach supports emotional healing and prevents feelings of being overwhelmed.

Encouraging Self-Discovery

In these moments of quiet, you have the opportunity to explore your inner world without distractions or judgment. The absence of immediate conversation allows you to connect with your thoughts and emotions, leading to self-discovery. This increased self-awareness empowers you to make positive changes in your life and fosters personal growth.

Fostering Trust and Vulnerability

We value the therapeutic relationship we share. When we allow these silences to exist, it demonstrates our acceptance of your process and our respect for your thoughts and feelings. This, in turn, hopefully encourages you to feel safe and more open to sharing your deepest concerns without the fear of judgment.


As we continue on this journey together, we want you to know that awkward silences are a natural and integral part of our therapeutic process.

Embracing these moments allows for reflection, emotional processing, and self-discovery.

Our work together is built on trust, vulnerability, and acceptance, and these silences are just one way we create a safe space for your growth and healing. So, let's navigate these silences together, knowing they can lead to profound changes and deeper understanding of yourself. We are here to support you every step of the way.

Thanks for reading!

- Ebru Ekmen

About Ebru:

Ebru is dedicated to walking alongside her clients on their journey.

She provides a safe, non- judgmental, and supportive space for them to explore their experiences and to help them write their own stories that align with their perspectives.

She takes a client-centred approach to her work, collaborating with them to navigate their life items tailored to their unique needs and circumstances.

Ebru has trained in a broad range of therapeutic modalities, enabling her to integrate suitable approaches to assist her clients better.

In addition, with her background in education and experience of living in diverse cultures, she is well-positioned to empathize with her client's challenges. Ebru brings a unique perspective to her sessions.

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