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Re: Chapter 3.The Therapist's Power

Posted by littleone on June 11, 2005, at 18:36:32

In reply to Chapter 3.The Therapist's Power, posted by Dinah on May 29, 2005, at 9:48:25

Chapter 3 was a big one for me. In my head, I know a lot of these things are completely wrong, but below are my beliefs about my T's power:

He has the power to make me feel good or bad.

He knows how therapy works. He knows how far along the therapy process I am, what I can expect next. Knowledge is power.

He knows how to fix me. He knows what my faulty beliefs are. When we talk about an issue, he knows a lot more than what he shares.

He has control over the whole therapy process. It seems like he tries to give me control by directing what we talk about, but he knows that I would talk about anything *he* wants to.

He has the power to make *anything* therapeautic. I could go in wanting to talk about lamps/aardvarks/Bruce Springsteen and he could still make it a therapeautic session.

I don't blindly follow his advice, but I'm highly suggestable by him. He has that power over me.

He controls what I know about him. He knows more about me than I know about him.

He knows the secrets of life. All the answers. He knows how to be happy.

He knows what "healthy" is like.

I need him to like/love me. He couldn't care less what I thought of him.

I am one client of many.

He can see things in me that I can't.

I need to fit into his schedule. His busyness decides if I can see him extra or not. Regardless of my perceived need.

He controls the boundaries.

He's always cool, calm and collected. I react strongly to things.

Every single word he utters has huge power.

He can see more clearly how much I have/haven't progressed.

He knows my "tells". I am unable to lie or hide from him.

He has the power to hurt or heal me. That's a biggy.




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