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Re: Lott: How informed should the client be? gardenergirl

Posted by All Done on August 7, 2005, at 1:09:50

In reply to Re: Lott: How informed should the client be? All Done, posted by gardenergirl on August 5, 2005, at 15:33:53

> 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.

To be fair, there is something to be said for therapists who answer questions freely once the client brings the topic up. I guess I just would have liked a little heads up.

> 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

It's funny because my initial version of my question included the word warn in parentheses like you did.

Pretty early on, my T did tell me that I might feel worse before I feel better. I guess I was just a little blindsided by the erotic transference. Then again, can you imagine what I would have thought if he would have explained that to me in the first or second session?? Hmm, this is such a fine line for therapists.

(Good luck, gg! Well, not that you need luck, you're going to be just fantastic. :))




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