I am not sure about other practitioners but one of the issues some of us have is using either using big words or using small words with larger contextual meaning than we let on during sessions. Now, at the time we may try to explain things and there is the usual near-hypnotic nod that follows our explanation and then 3 days later there is a call or email saying, "What in the name of all that is good and holy did you mean by ________?"
Psycho-babble is a broad term I like to use for anything even remotely technical that therapists and counsellors say during sessions to try to summarize discussions on the fly. For example, when working with someone who falls into patterns of abuse I may say that he or she struggles with attachment and belongingness. We all know what attachment and belongingness are but the psychological background of these two concepts is quite a bit deeper than the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language dares to extend.
When we talk about attachment we actually talk about failures to become emotionally connected to our parents as far back as the womb and the overwhelming domino effect that follows when we are unable to form proper attachments during the following stages of life - infancy, toddler, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and so on. Belongingness has a similar trait but the terminology shifts from a psychosocial phenomenon to a need. Abraham Maslow created the hierarchy of needs in 1943 and started a shift in how we view internal and external psychology. In his view, belongingness is a need that comes after biological needs - food, air, water - and safety needs - clothing, housing, resources - and is dysfunctional until biological and safety needs are met. A combination of poor attachment and a chaotic needs hierarchy can be the basis for abusive relationships, substance use, shifting employment, and few close (supportive) friends.
How does one break through the psycho-babble, then? I recommend the same thing as when someone asks me the best way to read a book - whether it be a mundane topical book or the Bible - and my answer is ASK QUESTIONS when you are in the moment, not later. If you are reading a fantasy novel and don't understand a word or phrase then go to Google, a dictionary app, or a physical dictionary and find an answer. If you are reading the Bible the same idea applies with the added bonus of having study Bibles for all denominations. We like psycho-babble because it's a universal language for us in the helping professions and want you to know where we are coming from.
Just a way to get a few thoughts across outside of the office. In this blog you may even find entries that assist in your healing without needing a session