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Re: Fees and meaning Dinah

Posted by Penny on September 4, 2003, at 13:06:59

In reply to Re: Fees and meaning Rigby, posted by Dinah on September 4, 2003, at 12:27:43

Oh Dinah.

I do hope that one day you can see yourself for who you really are - a caring, warm-hearted and thoughtful person.

My psychologist's standard fee is $120 for a 45 minute session, but my MSW therapist in Charlotte charged $95 for a 50 minute session, then allowed me to pay her $60 a session after my insurance ran out.

My current therapist is allowing me to pay her less than what I am supposed to be paying her ($15 copay plus 20% of the fee insurance pays her - $111), but it's not a reduced rate - I owe her what I'm not currently paying her, to be paid, as she put it, when I can.

My feeling about you and your therapist is this: if he REALLY didn't care about you or REALLY didn't like you or REALLY thought you were a great deal of trouble, then he would fire you as a patient. But he hasn't done that. Perhaps he does see you as challenging (though I suspect that you perceive yourself to be more of a challenge than he does), but maybe he likes a challenge.

Try to be a bit easier on yourself, dear Dinah. Taking what you say about yourself as the truth, one would think you were a terrible person - but we on this board know that is NOT THE TRUTH. We know you as you are - your kindness comes across clearly. Your vision of yourself is skewed, as is mine of myself (so you tell me), and as is the vision of many people on this board of themselves. So listen to me and to others when we tell you that you ARE NOT the 'bad' person you think you are.






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