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Managing a therapeutic relationship

Posted by emilyp on August 4, 2009, at 23:00:25

Many of the posts on this board relate to frustrations that individuals feel with their therapists. Often people feel overly dependent. (This is especially true this time of the year when therapists go on vacations.) Alternatively, individuals feel as if they are not respected by their therapists. People have written that their therapists are not listening or are simply not there for them. More recently, I have read many posts by individuals who were seeing therapists that have decided to retire and termination has been extremely painful. This is just to name a few; there are many other issues regarding relationships with therapists that have been raised.

Much of this is natural with a therapeutic relationship, especially one that lasts many years. Yet, at the same time, it seems to me the pain and frustration individuals feel is very high for something that is suppose to be supportive and helpful.

As a result, I thought it was worth starting a thread asking people for suggestions regarding (i) ways to make therapy less painful yet still helpful or (ii) alternatives to therapy that can help with depression, anxiety or bi-polar. All and any suggestions are welcome.




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