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Re: Do you tell your T about transference?

Posted by Bailey777 on August 22, 2005, at 21:13:48

In reply to Re: Do you tell your T about transference? Ľ Bailey777, posted by Tamar on August 21, 2005, at 14:49:06

> Hi Bailey, and welcome to Babble!
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> Well, I usually think itís best to tell. I think most therapists handle it sensitively and gently. Having said that, there are a few who donít handle it as well as they ought to, so you should trust your judgement. But if youíve been in therapy for two years with this therapist, maybe you have come to trust her enough to tell her?
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> Iím amazed that your gaydar works in therapy! I canít imagine my gaydar being any use in a therapeutic setting! I can imagine that seeing your therapist at a lesbian event would make you think about her sexually, and itís perfectly natural to experience erotic transference. From what Iíve heard, many people decide to quit therapy rather than tell their therapist, but I think that probably makes everything harder rather than easier. I didnít tell my therapist (I kept going for months) and now I wish I had told, because now Iím sure he would have handled it well. I finished therapy five months ago, because I was no longer depressed, and now I very much regret never having told him how I felt about him.
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> So itís just my two cents, but I reckon that if you tell her it will be quite a relief.
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> Tamar
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Hi Tamar --

Thank you for your response. You bring up a very good issue and that is the one of trust. After reading your post, I thought that this may not about having transfer issues but my inability to trust someone and disclose my feelings and thoughts (and you have guessed it that I do have trust issues, anxiety, depression, fear of judgement, etc), so in some ways it makes sense that I am actually holding back because of those issues, not because I find her attractive. I've set a lot of boundaries in therapy, which she does respect, but I think I may be finally at the point where I can express myself without fear. And maybe that for me is the scary part. Thanks for letting me think about this in a new perspective.

 

Re: I did the Hoffman process

Posted by bird in the sky on December 17, 2005, at 1:24:19

In reply to Re: I did the Hoffman process Ľ marshak, posted by HazelMae on November 17, 2004, at 8:17:24

> Hello Marshak,
> I am interested in the Hoffman Process but have some very serious misgivings. You indicated a willingness to speak more about your experience with it, and I was hoping you could help me see the possible shortcomings of the process. There seem to be a lot of people willing to talk about the benefits of the program.
> Thanks.


Hello, i was just browsing dr bob and found this old post about the Fisher-Hoffman process. I took it from the group that was an off shoot from Bob Hoffman and is called the Institute for Personal Change
http://www.theprocessworks.org, 650-737-1368

I did it in the early 80's and it definitely changed my life. I don't think i was able to really love with all my unresolved anger to my Mother and Father.

When i did it it was a 12 week process and i probably spent about 40 hrs a week on it. Alot of the time was in private, writing, "praying" to remember memories, and acting out anger.

I think it is a *sin* if anyone tries to talk anyone out of going to the Process. That's my opinion.

bird

 

Re: please be civil Ľ bird in the sky

Posted by Dr. Bob on December 19, 2005, at 11:03:24

In reply to Re: I did the Hoffman process, posted by bird in the sky on December 17, 2005, at 1:24:19

> I think it is a *sin* if anyone tries to talk anyone out of going to the Process. That's my opinion.

You're entitled to have your opinion, but please don't post it here if it could lead others to feel accused or put down.

If you or others have questions about this or about posting policies in general, or are interested in alternative ways of expressing yourself, please see the FAQ:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/faq.html#civil

Follow-ups regarding these issues should be redirected to Psycho-Babble Administration. They, as well as replies to the above post, should of course themselves be civil.

Thanks,

Bob

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by jennifer s on November 24, 2006, at 14:28:33

In reply to Love with therapist ę Stamper, posted by Dr. Bob on November 6, 2002, at 7:52:52

i don't know what to do about this, but i just love that man. originally i saw him 2-3 times for grief counsel for myself and son. my husband died last year. i quit seeing him,but now i started back in october and fell hard. i left him a letter telling this, then he called my bluff and i had to go into his office and tell him i was mistaken and could't come back. only i don't feel mistaken, i meant it and i don't know what to do. if i had one wish it would be that none of this happened, widow at 41 and crazy in love with kurt

 

Re: Love with therapist Ľ jennifer s

Posted by bird in the sky on November 25, 2006, at 20:43:25

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by jennifer s on November 24, 2006, at 14:28:33

Hi Jennifer
i won't claim to know how you feel, cause i can't imagine having both the grief for lost husband and this strong love (for T) at the same time. It seems like so musch for you...
I am deeply in love with my T and it feels so sad yet so delicious at the same time. It has gotten better over the last year, cause i don't think about him all the time just a few times a day or so. I think it gets better as one gets better in therapy. I don't feel my love has diminished, it just doesn't affect me quite as much and i pretty much accept the fact that there won't be any physical or outside contact between us. This has taken me around 2 years. I think it was good i fell in love with him and maybe it would be good for you too, if you go back to him and just talk to him about everything. It's really very nice, as long as you can stand a little more pain...

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by jennifer s on November 26, 2006, at 12:18:11

In reply to Re: Love with therapist Ľ jennifer s, posted by bird in the sky on November 25, 2006, at 20:43:25

i can't go back. its too hard and too confusing. i don't think i could even sit in the same room with him right now.

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by bird in the sky on November 26, 2006, at 19:53:50

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by jennifer s on November 26, 2006, at 12:18:11

> i can't go back. its too hard and too confusing. i don't think i could even sit in the same room with him right now.

(((J))),
I wish someone beside me could tell you how normal and common this is - to fall in love w/ your therapist.
Now since you are fighting it, it seems like it may grow and be more painful. To me, facing it and having the chance to talk about it, *helps*. It sure did me.
I don't know if my case is different, and of course yours is a lot more delicate, since you recently lost your husband. In my case, it is kind of a recurring thing. I have always fallen in love with men in authority. Like maybe every few years.
This is so neat to be able to be with him (my therapist) and talk to him without the risk of being unfaithful to my husband. It's like a real relationship, cause we are talking and sharing so much and i can absolutely trust him.
It helps me if i masturbate before i go to see him though, so i'm not all nervous and horny. That way i can concentrate more and i don't act funny.
I understand that it helps therapy for the patient to fall in love with the T, and i believe it. I have to think about why and write that later...
Are you seeing someone else?
bird

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by jennifer s on November 26, 2006, at 20:56:44

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by bird in the sky on November 26, 2006, at 19:53:50

negative

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 8:03:11

In reply to Re: Love with therapist ę Stamper, posted by judy1 on November 9, 2002, at 18:50:39

Please tell me why it is so incredibly harmful for a patient to have a romantic/sexual relationship with a therapist? I do not understand when it feel so right.

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by Pippa on February 2, 2007, at 8:20:02

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 8:03:11

Hi - I have been in a relationship with my therapist now for 5 months - he loves me and I love him. Its much more than sex (although the physical side is fantastic) We are in each others minds all day and night. I have told my kids and my husband. Sadly my therapist has yet to disclose our love to his family. Timing he says is everything. I am sure that his love and tenderness have saved me from myself. Pippa

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 11:05:18

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by bird in the sky on November 26, 2006, at 19:53:50

Thanks for the reply, Pippa. How does your husband and family feel about this? How do you think it will be resolved? Do you love both men? I think it is possible to love two men.

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by caraher on February 2, 2007, at 11:09:41

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 11:05:18

Welcome widget and pippa!

Please see this thread: http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/psycho/20070119/msgs/727426.html

I fear that what "feels right" now won't feel so good in the long run.

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 11:41:04

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by caraher on February 2, 2007, at 11:09:41

To Caraher, thanks for the comment but can you explain why you say this would turn out badly? Isn't love just love?

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by caraher on February 2, 2007, at 14:13:57

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 11:41:04

> To Caraher, thanks for the comment but can you explain why you say this would turn out badly? Isn't love just love?

It's possible for it to turn out OK. But it's less likely to truly work out when you have two people entering a relationship from such different perspectives. I teach college students, and ethically (even were I not married) it's not a good idea to date a student because I'm in a position of authority. Maybe after a class is over... but definitely not during!

It's even more serious in therapy, because the way many therapies work, as therapy, the patient develops strong feelings for the therapist. If a therapist has multiple clients... well, I hope you can see the conflicts that can arise! Therapy is supposed to be a professional relationship despite its personal dimensions.

If a therapist really wants to have an intimate, non-professional relationship with you, the therapist needs, at a minimum, to stop providing your therapy.

Love is love. But mere attachment can feel like love. And worse, exploitation can also feel like love. Professional boundaries exist to prevent a mistaken feeling from harming a patient.

 

Re: Love with therapist Ľ Pippa

Posted by ElaineM on February 2, 2007, at 19:56:17

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by Pippa on February 2, 2007, at 8:20:02

Hi Pippa, I'm totally not judging here. I just have a few questions I was hoping you could give your opinion on (if you didn't feel weird about answering). Do you still have sessions with him, or did that stop once the sexual relationship started? And if you do, do you still do traditional therapy work? Is it possible?

Also, were you already estranged from your husband, or if not, was he angry or interested in filing a complaint against your T once you told him?

I too sometimes feel like my T's affection is saving me from something infinitely worse. That all alone, I wouldn't have lasted this long. I'm particularily interested in others perspectives on if the "therapy" has any real therapeutic benefits once the relationship becomes sexual, or even "just" social. Like, can you still get some psychological work done?

Sorry if I seem nosey -- I'm interested. In a vaguely similar situation. [Not lovers though]

I'm not one who can explain the technicalities about why it's usually harmful to the patient in the long run. But I do think you're brave for posting about something so taboo. [though I can't help but also be concerned for you :) ]
Best, Elaine

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 20:39:29

In reply to Re: Love with therapist Ľ Pippa, posted by ElaineM on February 2, 2007, at 19:56:17

To caraher, you are obviously a very ethical and moral person. Thank you for the advice. However, I am still unclear about why this relationship would be so devastating. It is something to do with the power differential. Actually, I thought the more personal involvement would add some parity to the relationship. Can you explain further? The therapist in question is absolutely fantastic and beyond reproach.

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by Honore on February 2, 2007, at 21:28:42

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 20:39:29

Hi, widget.

The power differential might be what makes the relationship so intense and compelling at this time.

You seem, to me, to be idealizing your T a great deal-- which is often a stage in the unfolding of therapy. However, eventually, one needs to learn that this idealization isn't reliable-- that it leaves out too much. The disillusionment can be painful, although manageable and eventually therapeutic- - in therapy.

If you've having a romantic relationship with your T, the disillusionment can be profound and even devastating-- esp. if it involves abandonment, or exploitation.

I notice that your T somehow hasn't told his family because the "time isn't right"-- I have to tell you, though, that that doesn't sound very promising to me. For one thing the "time is *never* and I do mean *never* right to tell one's wife and children that one is having a relationship with anyone, especially a patient. or-- if you're in love with someone-- the time is always right, because you feel committed to being with that person.

Also, I have to differ with you in one important respect-- you say your T is "beyond reproach"-- that, with all due respect, is precisely what he is not beyond. Even if your affair works out-- he has violated a very strong ethical duty-- to you, to his other patients, to the therapeutic community, and, on another level, to his family.

I'm concerned for you.

Honore

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by bird in the sky on February 2, 2007, at 22:45:21

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by Honore on February 2, 2007, at 21:28:42

I have identified with you all and i thank you for sharing so much. I don't write here much but read pretty often. Even though i have been in love with my therapist for a couple years now or so, and he has explained to me all this you also have explained, i still wish we could have sex. I mostly think about being held so close and imagine it often. I also think of sex which brings us even closer (in my mind). I am still a bit obsessed with the idea and when i am with him i sneak looks at his chest and imagine my head up against it. this desire is very strong and i wish i could get it fulfilled. maybe there should be a professional who would do that for people. hold them in a loving way. every day is hard cause i am always thinking of it , when i can let my mind go. someimes it makes me horny, and i dont understand this cause i thought it would be some kind of mother or father thing. I often masturbate before i see my T, so i will be more relaxed. does anyone do the same?

 

Message for Pippa, not widget, sorry about confusi

Posted by Honore on February 3, 2007, at 1:28:09

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by Honore on February 2, 2007, at 21:28:42

confusion.

Also, in conflated your statements, so what is relevant to Pippa excludes the part about her therapist being beyond reproach.

Again, sorry about the confusion.

Honore

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by Pippa on February 3, 2007, at 2:33:46

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by Honore on February 2, 2007, at 21:28:42

Honore

Thank you for your comments and replies.

I knew when I posted that I might be opening pandora's box.

Believe me, before we started our affair we talked about the implications that our actions would have on our families and damage that our love could have on his career and professional standing. Based on rational discussion and a deep trust for each other we started our future.

My T 's reason for not telling his wife and children is because she has a terminal illness and the children do not need the added grief of dealing with what we have started at this stage in their lives.

My husband and family do not know who I am in this relationship with. Leaving my home was the hardest decision I have ever made. It was the right decision because I had to be true to myself and them.

I dont believe I am idealising my T, but I will consider that opinion. We have something that is very hard to explain - a relationship based on total trust, physical compatibility and love!

I respect my T's decision not to tell his wife and family and understand why the time is not right. I am sad about it and have to admit that at times I have doubted that he would ever tell her. However, we have talked this through and despite the odd moments of insecurity can live with what we have decided.

I am in love - with an honourable, passionate and grieving man who has changed my life. Our route to finding each other has and will cause a great deal of pain. However it is something we have to go through to allow ourselves to be together for ever.

Pippa

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by Pippa on February 3, 2007, at 3:49:03

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by bird in the sky on February 2, 2007, at 22:45:21

Bird in the Sky

Yes is often masturbate before I have a session with my T, but there again I masturbate two or three times a day most days.

I find that the release of tension and the relaxing effect means that I can concentrate on the session and get the most benefit from our time together.

I think i also do it so that I know I am not totally reliant on him for my orgasms and sexual release.I want to know that our relationship is not just on a sexual level ... Masturbation allows me to do that.

Masturbation after a session, when we have not had sex, produces some of my most intense orgasms. Often I have to stop the car on the way home to bring myself off and to release the sexual tension that has built up during a session. Especially when we have talked about my libido and my past.

In the UK people still do not talk openly about "self-gratification" or "masturbation" or even sexual relations. I find it refreshing that I can talk on here and be open about about my sexual needs and what I do.

How refreshing it is to be open and honest with people other than my T

Pippa

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by Dis Traught on February 3, 2007, at 12:42:56

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 8:03:11

Hi,
You have already chosen your path, and hopefully you can bear having to pay the price should it come to that.
There are several reasons why a relationship w a therapist can be harmful. Firstly, there is an imbalance; your therapist knows FAR more about you than you know about him (power). Secondly, you are in a vulnerable situation as you need him as a T, which is why you met him in the first place. Thirdly, you don't know if he's telling the truth. How do you actually KNOW his wife is ill? Is he saying that so you will not immediately take action to threaten his licence? If I were you, I'd drive by his house and take a good, long look at his wife to see how she seems.

How will you feel if he breaks off the relationship? What if his wife IS ill and he needs you to help him through her illness and then dumps you? Being dumped by anyone is hard, but being dumped by your therapist is absolute, bottomless hell.
I wish you all the best.

Penny

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by Dis Traught on February 3, 2007, at 12:54:07

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 8:03:11

There is one, unethical aspect to this that you should seriously consider: If you are still in therapy with him after you've had sex, it's labeled prostitution. You are paying for sex and he is providing it. There is no Ethical Board on the face of the Earth who would judge it otherwise.

Penny

 

For Pippa, not Widget

Posted by Dis Traught on February 3, 2007, at 14:31:48

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by widget on February 2, 2007, at 8:03:11

Hi
Just to say that my previous posting is for Pippa, not Widget.

Penny

 

Re: Love with therapist

Posted by widget on February 3, 2007, at 15:22:17

In reply to Re: Love with therapist, posted by Dis Traught on February 3, 2007, at 12:54:07

To Penny, while you may be correct technically about the charge of prostitution, don't you think you're being a bit vicious? Pippa has been very brave to talk about this so honestly and I'd hope we can be above such accusations and mudslinging.
Kindly, Widget


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