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Re: yesterday at the clinic **triggers** » ElaineM

Posted by fallsfall on June 30, 2006, at 11:31:34

In reply to yesterday at the clinic **triggers**, posted by ElaineM on June 29, 2006, at 20:20:07


I hope your session went OK, and that he accepted your decision not to go with him. That is a hard thing for you to decide.

You could even look for a new therapist with the sole intent that this therapist will help you process the relationship with your old therapist. You could choose a town/city that is separated from where you usually go for care. Tell the new therapist that you will not authorize them to have access to any previous medical records at this time. You can provide any details that you think you want them to know, they don't need to see your charts.

When I went to my current therapist, my records were never transferred, and he never talked to my previous therapist. (I left her under difficult circumstances) He didn't want to talk to her - he wanted to come to his own conclusions. Clearly, something that she had been doing/believing wasn't working. He wanted to start fresh. So not all therapists want to see your history. Mine wanted ME to tell him my history, he didn't want to hear it from other people. He did, later, talk to my pdoc (with my permission) - but that was more about moving forward than anything that had happened in the past.

I spent months talking only about my previous therapist. That WAS the content of my therapy for a long, long time. And, 3 years later, I still talk about her occasionally.

Like GG said, just read everything that you sign. And you DON'T have to tell them where you have been treated in the past. So they won't even know where to go looking.

Take care of yourself. You are doing incredibly hard stuff. Ice cream is always good.




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