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Re: Turning point with therapist?

Posted by pegasus on October 25, 2006, at 9:02:00

In reply to Turning point with therapist?, posted by NthnBrazil on October 24, 2006, at 11:11:49

If I had been in the same situation, I would have been very frustrated with the T. The blank slate approach is used by some Ts, but in my experience not by most these days. I've had five Ts, all of whom were reasonably competent, and none of them would have responded in the way you describe. One of them was strictly CBT, two incorporated cognitive therapy techniques in a more pyschodynamic approach, and two were pretty strictly psychodynamic. So, I'm not sure that the theoretical orientation of this T really explains his approach necessarily. (Unless he's a strictly Freudian psychoanalyst, which is a whole different animal that does normally behave this way and I think you've discovered it's not what you want.)

I echo the other advice that you've been given: maybe look for a T that feels right to you, rather than a particular orientation. All of the research shows that the orientation doesn't make a whit of difference in therapy outcomes. What makes a difference is the client's sense of having a positive relationship with the T. So, the most important thing is finding someone that you connect with. Sometimes it takes some looking, but it's worth it.





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