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Comments on Appearance in Therapy

Posted by Miss Honeychurch on May 31, 2004, at 20:20:02

I think this is an interesting topic and I'm starting this thread from reading Dinah's latest postings.

My T NEVER EVER EVER comments on my appearance. Like GG, I have cut five inches off my hair, gone in looking very adorable times, and other times gone in looking awful. He never comments. I even try to bring up some body image problems with him (in part to get him to comment on my looks) but he always glosses over this, and says one my self-esteem/self-respect improves so will my body image.

So, do your T's comment on your appearance? And do you think it belongs in the therapeutic relationship? I think this is a much more slippery slope between female clients and male T's.

I have friends whose T's comment on their appearnce all the time but never comliment their intelligence, creativity, bravery, etc. I get this all the time from my T and wouldn't trade those compliments in for the world for a physical comment.





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