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Re: Stupid about vacations Dinah

Posted by toojane on November 9, 2006, at 10:34:26

In reply to Re: Stupid about vacations, posted by Dinah on November 9, 2006, at 9:11:09

> It would be like being on a daily medication and suddenly deciding to go off it for two weeks and thinking it won't hurt to do so. Sometimes it might be necessary for one reason or another. But it's useless to pretend it doesn't matter, or that it's good for you.

What a perfect way of putting it, Dinah.

Another point is that in therapy what happens is supposed to be in the best interests of the patient, to aid in their recovery but when it is vacation time, regardless of what the patient is struggling with or what crisis they may be facing, the therapist's need for a holiday supersedes any need the patient may have to continue treatment uninterrupted. The therapist comes first.

Of course therapists must take vacations but ignoring or minimizing or invalidating a patient's distress about that holiday is damaging. Their absence causes pain because they are gone but also because they knew it would be painful and they went anyway.


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