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Re: My T spoke at conference - mixed feelings. Long. Purplemyth

Posted by RealMe on November 11, 2007, at 16:29:07

In reply to My T spoke at conference - mixed feelings. Long., posted by Purplemyth on November 10, 2007, at 22:42:10


It was good of you to share, and you are not alone. I am a psychologist and had just started with a new thereapist after a disaster, and I had planed to go to a conference before I knew my therapist/analyst. Well he was presenting at this conference, and I thought about just not going since he would be there. So I mentioned it to him. I think I had only been seeing him two or maybe three times by then. He said he hoped I would go as he needed all the support he could get. It was a relief on the one hand to have him say this. So, I arrived early thinking I was barely one time. HE was there and came over and chatted with me. He is a psychiatrist/analyst and came in with who turned out to be another psychologist who had trained with him. So, we were all talking, and it was sort of weird, but I was okay with it. He was the first speaker, and the equipment for his power point would not work, and I ended up helping to get it to work. That was weird. Then he spoke about his topic, and I could tell he was nervous. My analyst is nervous??? Yep. That was a bit uncomfortable for me even though I know he is human.

Later, he left for a time but was back after lunch for the discussion part. We had split up in groups, and thank goodness I was not in his group. But we were taking adversarial sides as this was a workshop realted to forensic psychology. I ended up challenging one of the psychiatrists from the Univ. of Chicago who was on the other side of our side. I know him as well, and I think he was more than a little surprised. I know him from having had ECT in that hospital on the unit he runs. So, that was strange, but somehow I got the courage. He was addressing issues related to neuropsychological functioning, an area I know quite a bit about and that I could challenge him on as if in court as the expert on the other side.

The whole day was very strange, but even in the past, I once worked at the same place as my therapist and was presenting the psych testing at a case conference where he was the consultant. We talked about it ahead of time, and I was prepared.

So, yes you saw your therapist in a different context, and certainly you should talk about your thoughts and feelings in this regard, both the positive and negative feelings. There is a reason you were angry, and I hope you can figure that out as well as why the other emotions.





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