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Re: transference confusion Dinah

Posted by Dinah on September 2, 2003, at 10:23:46

In reply to Re: transference confusion crushedout, posted by Dinah on September 2, 2003, at 10:14:10

It doesn't sound like the most boundary keeping answer she could have given. Part of what makes therapy feel so safe is the knowledge that we can rely on our therapists to maintain those boundaries with sensitivity and compassion.

But I guess to look at it charitably, she could have been at a loss for words and so was honest. My therapist has done that a few times, but has always repaired it.

If you feel at all like she won't maintain those boundaries, I'd run for the hills, or to a therapist who has more training in transference/countertransference.

Have you read "In Session" by Deborah Lott? It discusses a lot of those feelings we have for our therapists, and the most appropriate ways for therapists to handle them.

Just my two cents. My therapist is always careful to tell me that he can't be my mother and has no desire to be my mother. And that's ok, because I don't really want him to be my mother; I want him to be my therapist/mommy. :)




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