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Re: therapist left zenn4

Posted by mair on November 21, 2003, at 9:50:48

In reply to Re: therapist left, posted by zenn4 on November 20, 2003, at 14:00:11

This is all pretty frightening. Several years ago I was referred to my current therapist for some short term stress management. It didn't take her long to figure out that I needed much more than that. Because of the circumstances of my becoming her patient, I've always had this feeling that I arrived under false pretenses, and that my therapist doesn't want to deal with someone who's problems are as well-entrenched as mine are. I've frequently thought that she would love to find a way out but can't because of my abandonment issues.

When we've talked about this, she's taken great pains to convince me that none of this is the case. But still, when things are going badly and I'm feeling particularly unlikeable/unloveable I firmly believe that I am more trouble than I'm worth to her. I've even thought sometimes that I should quit therapy to take her off the hook and spare her the aggravation of treating me and the pain of being the treating therapist of a patient who's committed suicide.

Because of that, it's a little horrifying to hear that in spite of her protestations to the contrary, some therapists will drop patients who have become too troublesome.

Mair


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