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Re: Love with therapist Stamper

Posted by Dinah on November 8, 2002, at 10:13:05

In reply to Love with therapist Stamper, posted by Dr. Bob on November 6, 2002, at 7:52:52

I think it's pretty common to develop romantic feelings for your therapist. Therapy mimics a romantic relationship in some ways and we're probably pre-programmed to respond.

Or there are other ways of responding to those feelings. My transference is a maternal one, and I tend to see my therapist as one giant breast. (Which disconcerts him no end when I admit it.)

I highly recommend the book "In Session: The Bond Between Women and Their Therapists" by Deborah Lott. It discusses all sorts of attachments.

Now therapists falling in love with their patients (and letting them know)? I don't know how common it is, but I do know it's not right. If a therapist has feelings for a patient, positive or negative, he/she should deal with them himself. If they get in the way of the therapeutic relationship, a proper referral should be made. Therapists might fall in love with their patients, but they shouldn't act on it.

 

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