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Re: How experienced is your therapist?

Posted by deirdrehbrt on February 8, 2004, at 12:15:12

In reply to Re: How experienced is your therapist?, posted by terrics on February 8, 2004, at 11:23:57

Mine got her MSW about 30 years ago.I've worked with people who have less experience, and it was almost always a bad experience. I have a real difficult time trusting people whom I could have baby-sat, and I don't think that they can understand me.
I had one call me in the hospital and quit. It was sort of a dual experience when she did that; I felt let down on the one hand, but I didn't like her very much at the start. In our sessions, it was nothing but an interview. Did such and such happen? how do you feel about that? what was your family like? etc. I could watch her face with my answers and see her shudder at some of them. I felt as if I needed to protect her while discussing my life. I was also getting sicker and sicker working with her.
I think that Falls fall is exactly correct. The lesser experienced therapists need the less complex cases to learn and build on. Every one of the lesser complex cases has some complex elements built-in, and they can learn through that. The more complex cases, such as those with a very lengthy history, multiple diagnoses, and labile and volitile personalities should be at least supervised with a more experienced person.
Of course, who am I? It's just another opinion.




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