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Re: Could two therapists work? zenhussy

Posted by Dinah on June 4, 2009, at 10:12:10

In reply to Could two therapists work?, posted by zenhussy on June 4, 2009, at 1:00:07

I'm so sorry you're losing your therapist. I know how much she meant to you. It's my nightmare.

((( zen )))

As you might remember, I campaigned for two therapists for a long time and my therapist resisted. When he moved away, he finally consented to let me keep the therapist I was going to while he was out of the country, as long as we clarified the roles.

It didn't work out at all. I spent much of my time with him complaining about her. He of course encouraged me to see her more favorably. And while she never said a single thing against my therapist, her view of therapy was different, and I saw her as subtly undermining my therapy with him.

We talked about it afterward, and my therapist said that having two therapists would only work if both therapists were working together and had a very similar view both of the therapy process and of my issues. Otherwise undermining often takes place.

So I'd say I'd probably be drawn to having two therapists - particularly if I had lost mine against my will. I'd be drawn to the idea of being less dependent on each. But my experience of it is that it doesn't work.

 

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