Affirmations in Therapy: Is there a place for them?

... Once Upon a Time, when I was experiencing what I now frame as ‘existential nihilism with escape fantasy ruminations’ I ended up seeking counseling via my employer’s medical benefit program. While there exists the possibility that her advice of an affirmation practice might have benefited me, I was already inoculated against participating in the practice via MainStream SNL (Saturday Night Live) programming in the form of Stuart Smalley.

BrimGriz the wizard not behind the curtain, discloses his life goals to the counsellor Stuart Smalley. Unfortuneately, Smalley is a poorly trained counsellor and does not observe that his suggestion of affirmations are not resonating with the client.