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How common is it, really?

Posted by All Done on August 17, 2005, at 2:26:18

I've seen a couple of comments here (maybe Daisy and Dinah?) about attachment to therapists and how often does it really occur?

It's common enough to have been written about over and over again, right? But last week, I shared a lot with my T about my attachment to him and the pain it causes me when I'm not with him. I made a comment about this maybe not happening as much as I thought it did. He adequately normalized my feelings at that point but never told me how often he thinks it happens.

A little later he said what we were talking about was "fascinating". (I glared a little and said, "I wouldn't exactly call it *fascinating*". He appropriately and immediately validated my pain but...sigh.) It struck me as kind of an odd comment to make, if he is, in fact, "used" to this happening.

What do you think? Did many of us really just happen to end up together here? Do most clients get through therapy without ever experiencing such an attachment to their therapists?




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