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Re: Please help! My T terminated me!!!!!!! LauraG

Posted by Emily Elizabeth on October 18, 2005, at 10:17:15

In reply to Please help! My T terminated me!!!!!!!, posted by LauraG on October 17, 2005, at 20:27:39

Ugh. That would feel awful. I'm so sorry. I just had an additional thought to add to what people have said above.

I am finishing up my training as a psychologist and as part of that, I have seen a number of clients in therapy. There were a few cases in which I suggested that we go from 2x/week to 1x/week or took a break for a while. Sometimes I did this b/c the client was doing so much better. It was a good thing! Sometimes I did it b/c the client was getting worse and I was worried that treatment was more destructive than constructive.

That is not to say that my clients always saw eye to eye with me. Sometimes it (unintentionally) hurt and it was very helpful to the treatment when the client could share that.

Also, this is something that T's can differ greatly on. I have some colleagues who really push a client to end as soon as they are functioning okay in their life again. These t's believe that it is irresponsible to keep people in treatment for long stretches of time. (I don't agree with these folks--I've seen my T for over 4 yrs!) On the other hand, I have some colleagues who will keep a person in treatment for years and years even if they are not getting a lot better any more. These folks believe that good and permanent change will come eventually. I myself fall somewhere in the middle, perhaps leaning toward keeping the person in therapy longer.

I don't know that any of this applies to your situation, but I thought I'd throw it out there just in case. Also, please let me be clear that i do NOT want to let your T off the hook. I want to help YOU.

You find yourself in a hard situation. I hope that we babblers can be helpful. Please post again to let us know how you are doing.

Best,
EE


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