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And taking a sexual history B2chica

Posted by Emily Elizabeth on September 1, 2005, at 14:48:37

In reply to Re: In your head And taking a sexual history fairywings, posted by B2chica on September 1, 2005, at 10:40:48

That is really interesting. I was once reading a "how to be a good therapist" type book and they suggested that a way to be sensitive to "women's issues" type things was to directly ask abt history of sexual abuse (and other abuse) at the start of treatment. Their reasoning was that it is so hard to bring up, but can effect so much. If the T brings it up, then it is safer for the client to talk about it. I don't think I necessarily agree with that though. I wonder if there is some middle ground, like maybe asking if there is any sort of abuse in their past that they feel it would be helpful for the T to know about at this time. To make it clear that it is the client's choice (and no one else's) if they want to talk about it. It is okay to talk about it, but it is also okay to wait. I don't know. I'm just thinking out loud.

My T has never asked about any sexual issues (abuse or otherwise). I think we are both embarassed about those sorts of things. Or maybe I'm just projecting. LOL!!

Best,
EE

> actually when i was 'interviewing' T's there was only one that actually wanted sexual history, she gave me a like 10 pages of questions to fill out...never went back. i think it's such a sensitive subject i don't think it should be jumped into. especially for people like me who were to the point they finally need to deal with some sexual issues but never have before. i needed gentle guidance not abrupt flat out...so were you ever sexually abused... in fact i didn't even know for sure if what happened to me was SA...for so many reasons (typical, blamed self, encouraged it etc, etc.) but if bluntly asked i will always and forever say NOPE, not me.
>
> btw, caught your note above...must have been crushed but either way it's an important topic.
> b2c.
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> > Also, B2 brought up the sexual history. Is that always done? Why would it be done, and at what juncture? I'm not sure if I can even remember my sexual history! I guess I don't have too much history, well not a very exciting history anyway.
> >
> > fw
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