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Re: Scared and worried: 1st session tomorrow w/ new T Pfinstegg

Posted by Pfinstegg on April 4, 2004, at 15:08:09

In reply to Re: Scared and worried: 1st session tomorrow w/ new T Racer, posted by Pfinstegg on April 4, 2004, at 12:47:49

Yeah, I see what you're saying. It's a shame not to have more choice, but let's hope you get a *good fit* anyway. I hope you do, and will be thinking of you tomorrow!

You mentioned a previous *good fit* therapist whom you chose; I was surprised to hear that you parted ways over your asking for, and benefitting from, medication. I think even the *pure* psychoanalysts, nowadays, make judicious use of medication, if they feel it is needed. i don't take an AD right now, but I have in the past, with the support and encouragement of my analyst.

Because I have personally had such a good experience with a psychoanalyst over abuse-related issues of trust and attachment, I hope I'm not beating a totally dead horse by mentioning the analytic candidates in your area if you don't have a good feeling about your new T. They are probably already better-trained than the therapists you are being offered, and their training is on-going. I am assuming you could see one twice a week for a few dollars per time. I think they are already supporting these therapists in their training, so money is not an issue - it can be next to nothing, I believe. What those training candidates are looking for is someone like you- intelligent, with good insight and capacity to tolerate stress - and whose got a real set of problems which they are looking for help with. It probably seems like a really off-the-wall idea, but if you interviewed a couple of them before making your own internal commitment, you might feel interested and encouraged. I don't see why you couldn't do that privately, without your agency knowing; you might come to the conclusion that the one you're seeing tomorrow is the best one for you, or you might be able to work out a really good arrangements with one of the candidates. There are a lot of doctors, psychologists and social workers taking analytic training now- some just to gain more knowledge and expertise, and some to become full analysts. I think you have a better chance of finding a better match in brains and feelings from them, personally!




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