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Re: Lott: How informed should the client be? All Done

Posted by gardenergirl on August 5, 2005, at 15:33:53

In reply to Lott: How informed should the client be?, posted by All Done on August 5, 2005, at 13:10:19

Oh my...just had to comment on this. The first time I realized I had transference going on with my T, I just couldn't believe it. I arrogantly thought that there was no way that *I* would experience that. Not with what I know about therapy! Ha!

My reaction literally was to say, "Holy transference, Batman!"

Glad I got more humble.

But you do make a very good point, Laurie, about informed consent. I bet the more psychodynamic/psychoanalytically based therapists might not want to "clutter the therapy field" by talking too much about what might happen. But it is a responsibility.

About the best I get to with my clients is to "warn" them that sometimes they may come in the door feeling okay and leave feeling cruddy. And that's okay, as long as they can contain the cruddiness adequately. But that therapy is not always going to make you feel good after each session. Buyer beware.

gg

 

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