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Re: email contact after termination

Posted by pegasus on July 23, 2004, at 19:20:27

In reply to Re: email contact after termination pegasus, posted by gardenergirl on July 23, 2004, at 8:25:18

Hi GG,

I can see why you might think it was counterintuitive. It was confusing for me at first too. But, in my situation, if my former T had not allowed any contact after he moved, I wouldn't have dared risking going into another therapeutic relationship. So, even though it may slow down forming a relationship with the new T, in my case, the alternative was no therapy at all, and feeling betrayed, abandoned, and deeply hurt by my one long-term therapy experience. Therapy would have seemed far too dangerous to risk again. It's only because he allowed me to see that his caring was real and not just by contract, and that my trust in him was not misplaced, that I could even imagine talking to another T again.

I think those who advocate hard and fast rules about never contacting clients after termination are potentially doing a grave misservice to those clients. There are situations where I think contact is the only ethical choice. On my end, I don't even know that I would have survived under those cirucumstances.

pegasus


 

Re: email contact after termination gardenergirl

Posted by Raindancer on July 24, 2004, at 11:44:51

In reply to email contact after termination, posted by gardenergirl on July 21, 2004, at 23:56:47

Hello gardenergirl,

I 'm training to be a T and will have my first clients early next year. I hope some of them will want to remain in contact with me after therapy is over. It's a tremendous compliment. My own T says that if I write to him after therapy, he will always reply and this is a terrific comfort and makes me feel less dependent rather than more so.

Being who you are, I believe that you will go with your gut feeling and reply to your client while not holding out the hope of very frequent correspondence. You obviously have to take care of yourself in this and not write to all your ex clients, otherwise you won't have time to do any therapy!!

I think anyone is really lucky to be in therapy with you. All the very best.

Raindancer

 

Re: email contact after termination Raindancer

Posted by gardenergirl on July 24, 2004, at 12:11:52

In reply to Re: email contact after termination gardenergirl, posted by Raindancer on July 24, 2004, at 11:44:51

Awwww, thanks Raindancer. That's very sweet. I'm glad you have already talked about this with your T. I plan to have a similar conversation once we get closer to termination, whenever that might be.

Good luck with your training. Seeing clients is so rewarding, and you learn so much from it. I'm sure you will be a natural.

Feel free to email me if you ever want to chat about training or wearing two hats on this board, or anything... gardenergirl 88 at yahoo dot com

Take care,

gg

 

Re: email contact after termination gardenergirl

Posted by Raindancer on July 25, 2004, at 6:24:44

In reply to Re: email contact after termination Raindancer, posted by gardenergirl on July 24, 2004, at 12:11:52

Thanks gardenergirl, I shall be glad to. Warmest wishes.
Raindancer.

 

Re: email contact after termination

Posted by pinkeye on July 26, 2004, at 14:30:09

In reply to Re: email contact after termination rs, posted by gardenergirl on July 23, 2004, at 8:03:20

GG,
I have a question for you. As a T, do you like hearing from your old patients? What do they mean to you? Do you feel you are bugged when you receive lots of emails? I am asking this to see what my T would have felt.
Pinkeye.

 

Re: email contact after termination pinkeye

Posted by gardenergirl on July 26, 2004, at 15:51:00

In reply to Re: email contact after termination, posted by pinkeye on July 26, 2004, at 14:30:09

Well, I've only heard from two clients after termination, but my clients from last year are in nursing homes, so it would be unlikely to hear from them. My clients this past year may be more likely, so we'll see as time goes by.

I didn't mind hearing recently from an old client. In fact, I was delighted. And last fall I ran into my old supervisor who filled me in on how my clients from the nursing homes were doing. I was happy to hear that too.

So right now, I'm not feeling bugged at all. I suppose if I were to get very frequent emails from a few clients, I might feel overwhelmed and would also be worried that the clients had not successfully terminated.

But I'm just guessing...not enough experience to say...

I can say I genuinely care about my clients, so knowing how they are doing is nice. But perhaps if I heard that they weren't doing well, I might be more concerned and feel some sense of responsiblity to try to help. Although I would not be able to resume therapy with them, so it would be a difficult feeling to cope with.

I'm just rambling...hope this helps.

gg

 

Re: email contact after termination

Posted by pinkeye on July 26, 2004, at 16:22:17

In reply to Re: email contact after termination pinkeye, posted by gardenergirl on July 26, 2004, at 15:51:00

Thanks GG, that helped to know that you liked hearing from your old client.

Maybe I can write to him once in a while and not often.
Thanks
Pinkeye

> Well, I've only heard from two clients after termination, but my clients from last year are in nursing homes, so it would be unlikely to hear from them. My clients this past year may be more likely, so we'll see as time goes by.
>
> I didn't mind hearing recently from an old client. In fact, I was delighted. And last fall I ran into my old supervisor who filled me in on how my clients from the nursing homes were doing. I was happy to hear that too.
>
> So right now, I'm not feeling bugged at all. I suppose if I were to get very frequent emails from a few clients, I might feel overwhelmed and would also be worried that the clients had not successfully terminated.
>
> But I'm just guessing...not enough experience to say...
>
> I can say I genuinely care about my clients, so knowing how they are doing is nice. But perhaps if I heard that they weren't doing well, I might be more concerned and feel some sense of responsiblity to try to help. Although I would not be able to resume therapy with them, so it would be a difficult feeling to cope with.
>
> I'm just rambling...hope this helps.
>
> gg

 

Re: email contact after termination

Posted by li hing on September 22, 2004, at 2:29:57

In reply to email contact after termination, posted by gardenergirl on July 21, 2004, at 23:56:47

Wow I read all of the posts under this thread and I must say that some of you had such nice therapists.

My counselor was a
major butthead. She told me that I could contact her after termination.
I e-mailed her and she got angry because I was writing too much. I had
thought that we had a close counseling relationship. We saw each other
for 2 years. She never responded to any of my e-mails and ended up
sending me a nasty letter in the mail telling me not to write and that she
won't read anything that I send her.

This caught me by surprise and a lot of hurt. I cried for months and
days.

Recently I got to see my file that she kept for me. I found out she never
read the letters that I sent to her in the snail mail after termination.
Letters she promised she would read and that she would "love to hear from
me" I guess after all the e-mails, she decided that she hated me and
shoved my unopened letters into my file. I am so angry.

In any case for therapists who respond to their clients after termination, I wish you were my therapist. I mean a simple, hello would have been all I needed as a client.

okay, enough for now!

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) li hing

Posted by 10derHeart on September 23, 2004, at 19:29:29

In reply to Re: email contact after termination, posted by li hing on September 22, 2004, at 2:29:57

I totally understand why you are so angry with your ex-T. That was a pretty awful series of truths you had to discover about her. Sadly, it's not the first time I've read of such a response to contact after termination on these boards. I am one of the blessed folks who had a wonderful T. I *concluded* (to steal from another poster - hate the word *termination* !)my work with him about 3 months ago (he took a new job in another state). I asked if I could write (yes), wrote 10 days ago and just today, he answered with a sweet, friendly-yet-professional email. He knows I know we won't correspond often or do therapy by email. But, we shared something extraordinary that ended before either of us was ready (although I'm doing well), and it didn't escape him how much he means to me.

As you said, the smallest "hi" would have been enough. He promised a future address and made sure I got it. He also said he'd "love to hear how I was doing", meant it, and the most critical - followed through. It was incredibly important. In fact, I'd dare say his reliable, steady follow through now, when I am NOT a patient and he has a totally new life, may be one of the most deeply therapeutic things he's ever done!

I think it was very wrong of your T. to use such phrases and then act as she did, that must have hurt like crazy. Therapists, more than anyone, must be careful about such powerful words. And, we'd hope, sensitive and discriminating enough to tell which clients are most deeply attached, in order to be the gentlest with them. Wish that were always true, but it's not, as you found out the hard way. Even if your ex-T. was at a point she thought you were writing too much and she needed to say that, and maybe be sure you didn't expect therapy by mail, her harsh treatment was NOT the way to go about it.

Seems many Ts who do well to help us heal *during* therapy have a weak spot when it comes to handling endings with skill, warmth and care. I was wondering...was your T. young and/or new to her profession? If so, that may be part of the reason, but only part. We only have to read gardenergirl's caring posts to see there are T's -even while still training-who do "get it" and are committed to handling letters, email, etc., the best way possible for each client.

So sorry you had to live through this, especialy after 2 years with someone. It's just plain awful. If you feel like saying, how are you doing overall now? Please post more if it helps.((li hing)) - 10DerHeart

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..)

Posted by li hing on September 24, 2004, at 3:07:38

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) li hing, posted by 10derHeart on September 23, 2004, at 19:29:29

I hurt so much from my ex-T. The letter she sent me was really cold. I trusted her and I thought she really meant it when she said that she would love to hear from me to see how I was doing.

I felt so hurt. I cried a lot. Yeah, she told me she would block and delete my e-mails if I e-mailed her again.

Then I called her to ask her if she would see me again and she got really angry. She told me really sarcastically that I need to work on my relationships with other people and that if she knew it was me that was calling she might not have answered the phone. I hung up so confused and hurt. She told me that she would see me again if I was elgible for the center again and then she rejected my request telling me I'm a much "bigger problem" than she thought I was and that I needed someone long term.

About 2 weeks ago, I got to see my file that my old T kept for me at the center. I saw a bunch of my letters thrown into my file unopened. It felt like a dagger went through my heart.

My T was older than me but she was a young T. I guess we're both young.

I hurt so much.

Our T relationship was so intensely close and warm, after termination she was just really mean to me. I showed my new T my letters and he said that my letters were really nice and he doesn't understand why old T reacted that way.

In any case, if my old T is reading this I want you to know that you really hurt me a lot.

> I totally understand why you are so angry with your ex-T. That was a pretty awful series of truths you had to discover about her. Sadly, it's not the first time I've read of such a response to contact after termination on these boards. I am one of the blessed folks who had a wonderful T. I *concluded* (to steal from another poster - hate the word *termination* !)my work with him about 3 months ago (he took a new job in another state). I asked if I could write (yes), wrote 10 days ago and just today, he answered with a sweet, friendly-yet-professional email. He knows I know we won't correspond often or do therapy by email. But, we shared something extraordinary that ended before either of us was ready (although I'm doing well), and it didn't escape him how much he means to me.
>
> As you said, the smallest "hi" would have been enough. He promised a future address and made sure I got it. He also said he'd "love to hear how I was doing", meant it, and the most critical - followed through. It was incredibly important. In fact, I'd dare say his reliable, steady follow through now, when I am NOT a patient and he has a totally new life, may be one of the most deeply therapeutic things he's ever done!
>
> I think it was very wrong of your T. to use such phrases and then act as she did, that must have hurt like crazy. Therapists, more than anyone, must be careful about such powerful words. And, we'd hope, sensitive and discriminating enough to tell which clients are most deeply attached, in order to be the gentlest with them. Wish that were always true, but it's not, as you found out the hard way. Even if your ex-T. was at a point she thought you were writing too much and she needed to say that, and maybe be sure you didn't expect therapy by mail, her harsh treatment was NOT the way to go about it.
>
> Seems many Ts who do well to help us heal *during* therapy have a weak spot when it comes to handling endings with skill, warmth and care. I was wondering...was your T. young and/or new to her profession? If so, that may be part of the reason, but only part. We only have to read gardenergirl's caring posts to see there are T's -even while still training-who do "get it" and are committed to handling letters, email, etc., the best way possible for each client.
>
> So sorry you had to live through this, especialy after 2 years with someone. It's just plain awful. If you feel like saying, how are you doing overall now? Please post more if it helps.((li hing)) - 10DerHeart

 

Reading a file after termination

Posted by li hing on September 24, 2004, at 3:16:38

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..), posted by li hing on September 24, 2004, at 3:07:38

I also got to read my file that my old T kept for me. Yeah, I went back to the center and asked to see my file.

My T that I thought cared about me and enjoyed working with me wrote so much mean stuff about me in there. It hurt so bad. It said stuff that I was noncomplient with antidepressants, that I had suicidal ideation. Nothing nice about me in there, yet in sessions she acted as if she liked having me as a client.

She left the center. I'm so mad that she hurt me like this.

 

Re: Reading a file after termination li hing

Posted by Lonely on September 25, 2004, at 16:40:21

In reply to Reading a file after termination, posted by li hing on September 24, 2004, at 3:16:38

My therapist died suddenly after 3 years with her. That really made things difficult because there were so many loose ends and no one else who knew about the relationship.

I asked the new therapist to get my records and even wrote a letter for her but she allegedly was not able to get them.

During the time I was seeing "C" (the therapist) we had many conflicts. Many of them revolved around things like "why do you think so and so said this or that OR why do you think that happened?" and the fact that I found it rather insulting and finally came to the point where I flat out told her that I didn't know and didn't really care. She informed me that she was putting that in my file. And she didn't say it in a nice way, either. She was putting other negative things in there too - I can't remember what all it was - but I think part of it had to do with the fact that she really shouldn't have been seeing me and needed to justify it. She was, I've come to realize and by remembering back on some sort've off-hand comments she made, keeping me there because she couldn't see me otherwise. There was also the fact that we miscommunicated often. We could use the same words and phrases but they obviously had different meanings and implications. I was often overwhelmed; she didn't make sense to me quite often. At the same time, there were definitely times of intense caring emotion between us.

The new "T" asked me if I wanted to see the records (I did not) and was concerned because, as she explained to me, often the things that are written in a patient's record can make the situation even more painful.

That brings up some other issues that I guess I've just stumbled on in my own thinking ... therapy and Al-Anon seem to focus mainly on "what's wrong" or negativity (whether it really is or not) rather than on support and emphasizing the positive. No wonder I never did really well with either one.

In my professional life I've come across a new concept called "Appreciative Inquiry" which is sort've based on the Pygmallion effect - people respond to images other people have of them. That's what therapists need to have more of. Unfortunately, I've found therapy to usually be anything but theraputic. Maybe therapists need to be evaluated more by their patients - kind've like the concept of 360 degree management.

> I also got to read my file that my old T kept for me. Yeah, I went back to the center and asked to see my file.
>
> My T that I thought cared about me and enjoyed working with me wrote so much mean stuff about me in there. It hurt so bad. It said stuff that I was noncomplient with antidepressants, that I had suicidal ideation. Nothing nice about me in there, yet in sessions she acted as if she liked having me as a client.
>
> She left the center. I'm so mad that she hurt me like this.

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..)

Posted by lonelygal on September 25, 2004, at 18:31:05

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..), posted by li hing on September 24, 2004, at 3:07:38

hi li hing.
i'm so sorry you had to go through this. unfortunately, i really really know how you feel. i had an awful termination with my old t and i am in the process of trying to receive my records from her. after reading your posts, i'm even more scared to see what she has to say about me- i'm sure a lot is not going to be nice, either.
i hope you feel better. i really feel for you, but i don't really know what to say that might help.

 

Re: email contact after termination gardenergirl

Posted by Lonely on September 25, 2004, at 20:46:12

In reply to email contact after termination, posted by gardenergirl on July 21, 2004, at 23:56:47

Many decades ago (!!!) I saw a therapist at the University counseling center for a semester. He was actually the head of the group and I was lucky to get in to see him. He was really good. Somehow, I found out that he was leaving the university and moving across the country. I was crushed ... really crushed. Panicked. We didn't have antidepressants then and no doubt the theories and practices were different too. I went through various benign "antics" including anger and grief. I even suggested that he take me to lunch which we did - and he paid for it and it was in the faculty dining room! I'm laughing as I think back because that was really pretty brazen for me. I'm a shy person.

Anyway, I did write to him and received, I think, 2 letters back from him. One line I still remember from his letter, paraphrased, was to not let my dad get me down as he was mean and good at that type of thing. I needed to hear that. There probably were a couple other letters that he did not reaply to; I don't know.

A couple years later after I had graduated and moved across the country myself, I called him on the phone. He remembered me. We had a nice visit and I remember him asking me if I was dating yet. I wasn't but a couple months later was engaged! I think that was my last contact with him.

I assume he's probably deceased now although I still think about him and wish I could talk to him again.

But, back to YOUR question (and my apologies for taking over with my stuff here!) I still don't see anything wrong with a T having a platonic contact with a patient after therapy. I'm sure that if you saw it was becoming truly dependent in an unhealthy way you could redirect her and explain what was happening and why and then let it go. I guess the other issue is that you DO feel comfortable with her so that also makes it more affirmative to have friendly limited contact with her for whatever period of time.


I'm curious about how all this works out several months down the road since you are a T. It's good to hear that perspective.


> Hello,
> I just wanted to ask for some input on contact between therapist and client after termination. I received an email today from a former client. It was lovely to hear from her, and she seems to be doing well. This client was someone I worked with all year during my placement, and I enjoyed working with her. Termination was difficult for me with her, as I was aware that I would want to know how she does in the future.
>
> She also had become somewhat dependent for the majority of our working together, but had worked through some of that before termination. Termination happened because she was ready, but also because of the end of my placement at the agency. When we terminated, I used a model set forth by one of my professors, saying, "I would always enjoy hearing from you and how you are doing, but I may not be able to respond to contacts, once our therapy relationship ends." I'm not sure I am totally invested in this approach, but I did try it on for size.
>
> Anyway, I would like to reply, but I am a tiny bit concerned that it could trigger some of the dependency. On the other hand, it could reinforce her internalization of her therapist which helps her with moving forward indpenendently.
>
> What do y'all think? If you've contacted your former T's in the past, have they responded? If they did or did not, how did that feel? What were you looking for in the contact?
>
> Thanks in advance,
> gg

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) lonelygal

Posted by fallsfall on September 25, 2004, at 20:51:17

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..), posted by lonelygal on September 25, 2004, at 18:31:05

Therapists often recommend that you don't read your chart without a therapist present (either the one who wrote the chart, or a different one).

Sometimes what they say sounds cold, but is meant to be "clinical". Some of their jargon can be easily misinterpreted by those of us not in that field.

There are many reasons *not* to read your chart. I think that I would want to talk with a therapist about why I *did* want to read the chart fairly extensively before viewing it.

That said, you do have a legal right to read it. It makes sense to me to have someone there if you choose to do so.

 

Re: email contact after term - ever friends ok? gardenergirl

Posted by Lonely on September 25, 2004, at 20:58:11

In reply to email contact after termination, posted by gardenergirl on July 21, 2004, at 23:56:47

Hi ~~~

Just had one more thought/question that I'd like to pose if I may.

My T that died was always talking about "boundaries" which I noticed is going through your mind a great deal too. I'm wondering ... is it ever okay to become real true personal friends with someone that one once knew as a T?

Under some circumstances, I really think it would be okay. I'm not talking about a sexual relationship here - rather, just plain being friends and doing the things together friends would do - shop, go to a play, have lunch together, take them to the doctor when they're sick, etc.

Before my # 1T died, I went to another T one time as a consultant because the #1 T and I were not getting along well. The #2 T also happens to be my husband's T so of course that relationship cannot go on in any form. However, at the memorial for my #1 T, the #2 T was very kind to me, came up to me, hugged me and explained who the other people were there. It was a major humane help and I needed that. Some day, if my hubby died or was no longer seeing her for a period of time, I'd like to be friends with her.

Sorry for my babbling. Best of luck as you continue on!


> Hello,
> I just wanted to ask for some input on contact between therapist and client after termination. I received an email today from a former client. It was lovely to hear from her, and she seems to be doing well. This client was someone I worked with all year during my placement, and I enjoyed working with her. Termination was difficult for me with her, as I was aware that I would want to know how she does in the future.
>
> She also had become somewhat dependent for the majority of our working together, but had worked through some of that before termination. Termination happened because she was ready, but also because of the end of my placement at the agency. When we terminated, I used a model set forth by one of my professors, saying, "I would always enjoy hearing from you and how you are doing, but I may not be able to respond to contacts, once our therapy relationship ends." I'm not sure I am totally invested in this approach, but I did try it on for size.
>
> Anyway, I would like to reply, but I am a tiny bit concerned that it could trigger some of the dependency. On the other hand, it could reinforce her internalization of her therapist which helps her with moving forward indpenendently.
>
> What do y'all think? If you've contacted your former T's in the past, have they responded? If they did or did not, how did that feel? What were you looking for in the contact?
>
> Thanks in advance,
> gg

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..)

Posted by li hing on September 25, 2004, at 21:08:42

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..), posted by lonelygal on September 25, 2004, at 18:31:05

Hi lonelygal,

I have to warn you that looking at your file is going to be tough. There was a ton of clinical jargon about me in my file and seeing something like that for the first time was really tough.

My old T was from a University counseling center. She hurt me so much, I hate her.

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..)

Posted by lonelygal on September 25, 2004, at 22:38:58

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) lonelygal, posted by fallsfall on September 25, 2004, at 20:51:17

yes, i realize i will probably get upset, but i am dying to find out what she really thinks or thought, whatever. i want to see her unedited view of me. i think whatever i see will have a major effect on whether i will trust or not trust new t. maybe i wont' want to be in therapy all together after reading it (heck i'm not sure i want to be in therapy even right now), but i have to see it.

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..)

Posted by li hing on September 26, 2004, at 2:54:49

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..), posted by lonelygal on September 25, 2004, at 22:38:58

Hi lonelygirl,
I totally understand how you want to see your file. I saw my T from 2001 to 2003 and just got to see my file 2 weeks ago.

I understand about how the result of your file will determine if you'll trust your next T. I totally trusted my T during that time period and when I read some of the stuff in my folder and saw my unopened letters I realized that she was a fake. I'm going to have trouble trusting other Ts as well as others in my life. Trust was a big issue for me and I really trusted my old T. After seeing so much contradictory stuff in my file I am so angry and hurt. I wish I could yell at her but she left the center already.

Good luck and let us know how it goes!

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) lonelygal

Posted by Pfinstegg on September 26, 2004, at 12:59:57

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..), posted by lonelygal on September 25, 2004, at 22:38:58

I am wondering WHY you feel you need to see your clinical records. You seem to feel that if they are sort of neutral-sounding, or contain things which you may interpret as negative, that it will confirm in your mind that you are right to be shaky in your trust towards both your new and old Ts. Could it be that you are looking for evidence of caring in the records? I'm afraid no-one ever finds them there. Even if you had a very caring and devoted T, you wouldn't find any proof of that in the records he/she kept, because they aren't for that purpose.

It sounds like feelings of trust and security are really difficult issues for you, as they are for all of us. Getting better involves learning to trust. Would seeing your records do anything positive for you in this regard, or, really, at all? I do take advantage of the law to obtain copies of my medical records, which I find helpful in tracking things like my TSH level, cholesterol, etc. I personally would never want to ask for my files from my analyst. I think they would seem cold, compared to the immensely meaningful, wide-ranging relationship I actually have with him.

 

Re: contact after term - things to get frm T Pfinstegg

Posted by Lonely on September 26, 2004, at 15:19:06

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) lonelygal, posted by Pfinstegg on September 26, 2004, at 12:59:57

There are a LOT of control issues that go on in therapy. And a lot of it has to do with the therapist trying to control the patient. Therapists have anger and resentments of their own. I've been the victim of those projections.

It might be good to try some different T's even if it's in defensive mode.

Here is the URL for the list that I found helpful, and, by the way, I'm not in NY nor do I know anything at all about this therapist and I'm not recommending her, nor am I opposed to her either. I just thought the list mentioned a few things that I wanted and didn't usually get.

http://www.a-tech.com/joyce/index.html

Scroll down the page about half way to "About Psychotherapy" and click on "List of 10: Why and How Psychotherapy Works"

Then ask your own therapist why she/he failed so miserably. OR, ask a new therapist how she/he is going to help you reach these goals (whichever items fit for you).

Finally, if things still aren't going well, I would (and have done so) just plain tell the T that she-he is greatly lacking in competence and should perhaps consider a different career.

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) Pfinstegg

Posted by lonelygal on September 26, 2004, at 21:04:50

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) lonelygal, posted by Pfinstegg on September 26, 2004, at 12:59:57

i think you are completely right about why i want to read them. i was always upset about the power differential too- she was a psych grad student and i'm a med student... so i think being in med school is adding to my curiosity- b/c its weird that i will be in the position to write others' records shortly & it's weird having the process happen to me. also, i miss her very much- she has since graduated- and i have no clue how to reach her- that the only thing that i will have left of her are these records. call me psycho.

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) lonelygal

Posted by Pfinstegg on September 26, 2004, at 21:20:19

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) Pfinstegg, posted by lonelygal on September 26, 2004, at 21:04:50

I do understand. Is there any way you can find out where she is now- what her address is, etc.? Being in a university community, I would think there might be a way to do that. Perhaps if you could just write or e-mail her so as to keep a bit of contact as long as you need to, it might help a lot in overcoming those terrible feelings of loss. From what I have read here, a number of people have found a way to do that, and have felt a lot of caring from even sporadic contact. Not all, though- a few people have not had good experiences. But I do get the feeling that the good experiences outnumber the bad ones by quite a bit.

I can empathize with you on another level- I was once a med student myself, and know how many stresses, as well as joys and accomplishments, go along with that! The stresses, to me, anyway, were pretty huge. I hope everything goes well for you, and especially that you find the close connections and support that you are looking for. I hope you will keep posting here, too!

 

Re: contact after termination(a bit long..)

Posted by li hing on September 26, 2004, at 22:14:09

In reply to Re: contact after termination(a bit long..) lonelygal, posted by Pfinstegg on September 26, 2004, at 21:20:19

Am I the only one here whose old T didn't want to e-mail them back?

I feel so sad.

Lonelygirl, good luck with seeing the file. My T was also a training T and left the University recently. I was deeply hurt from reading my file but now I know the truth about what my T thought of me. It is going to be weird reading about yourself though. They write in the 3rd person format so it will feel like you're reading about someone else.

Someone here gave you the advice of trying to e-mail your T? I tried that with mine and she sent me a really nasty hurtful letter in the snail mail not to contact her. Just be prepared that not all Ts may want contact, especially training Ts who are scared to cross boundry lines.

 

Re: email contact after termination

Posted by li hing on September 26, 2004, at 22:15:30

In reply to email contact after termination, posted by gardenergirl on July 21, 2004, at 23:56:47

I hurt so much, I almost want to post my T's name on here and tell her how much she hurt me.


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