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Re: the trouble with honesty crazymaisie

Posted by Dinah on September 30, 2004, at 23:38:22

In reply to the trouble with honesty, posted by crazymaisie on September 30, 2004, at 23:15:42

I'm not sure what to say. My therapist's disclosures that evening were a very rare event. While there is a certain level of honesty and real-ness to our relationship, it stays firmly planted in the therapeutic area. That is it remains entirely for my benefit, except for the cash I give him.

That enables me to be myself in therapy. It's ok if I'm angry with him, or disappointed. I don't have to worry about hurting him. Since my feelings for him are generally positive, that's not a huge issue, but it's nice to know.

I can't imagine what I would do if he were to break down in tears or expose his own weaknesses to quite that extent. It's hard to see the therapeutic value in it for you, if you had to comfort her.

Is she newish as a therapist?

I am hesitant to criticize someone's therapist (or husband or very important person) though, since I realize that all relationships are multidimensional. What strengths does she bring to the table?

 

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