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Re: Thinking of my therapist differently widget

Posted by violette on August 3, 2010, at 20:23:09

In reply to Thinking of my therapist differently, posted by widget on August 3, 2010, at 18:45:45

Hi Widget,

My T told me that when I idealized him, then realized he wasn't so 'perfect', it's normal to feel disappointed. Since then, I have come to terms with the fact he's not always going to respond to me 'just right'; however, no matter what-he is always at the very least 'good enough'.

He's going to have good and bad days-he might not be feeling well, or might be quietly handling a crisis of his own. It's all part of his humaness. Either way, I know he does care about me and believes in me...regardless of how different he may come across from time to time (i.e.-dismissive).

> However, he seemed less kind than usual. I got the feeling he wanted to go on vacation and didn't want any of his patients to be in a "bad" place.

Could that be transference feelings related to when your parents left you alone or unattended? Projection (maybe you were feeling how you didn't want to be in a 'bad place')?

> He just kept telling me "you are safe." HIs voice was kind of stern. In other words, shape up because I'm leaving. He says there is no such thing as an over reaction. Any thoughts? Widget

Could he have been using 'suggestion' to help you through?

I'm sorry you are going through the PTSD reactions. I've expereinced that recently too, and it is very scary. Your T will be there for you when he gets back, hopefully refreshed and well rested. What do you think might have triggered a PTSD reaction?




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