The Misconception about Professional “Boundaries”






The subject of boundaries is very popular in therapy. This post discusses what boundaries are and some common misconception about them.

Professional “boundaries” in therapy is a subject widely discussed among professionals during training, in supervision and peer consultations. It is also a subject frequently brought up during therapy, because understanding and maintaining professional “boundaries” is thought to be an organic part of psychotherapy process. Continue reading “The Misconception about Professional “Boundaries””

Before Your First Therapy Appointment






A decision to begin therapy is a major one and could stir up quite a lot of anxiety. This post discusses what you need to know before going to your first therapy appointment.

 

So, you’ve never been in therapy before and you’ve scheduled your first therapy appointment. Like many others in this situation, you may feel anxious because you don’t know what is supposed to happen and what is expected of you.

Generally speaking, your task on the first meeting with the therapist is Continue reading “Before Your First Therapy Appointment”

Does Your Therapist Say You Need to Get Worse Before You Get Better?

“Sometimes you get worse before you get better” is one of the cliches mostly used in psychodynamic therapy.

I heard those words from my therapists every time I complained about feeling worse, and many therapy clients have heard the same idea. It might have been expressed slightly differently but it carried the same message, which is that healing can start only when people face their pain and deal with it.  Continue reading “Does Your Therapist Say You Need to Get Worse Before You Get Better?”

One Type of Therapist Not To Trust

woman-531212_640There are websites for therapy consumers with “check-lists” containing warning signs of questionable and inappropriate behaviors by therapists you should watch out for.

What is and isn’t acceptable or ethical in therapy is not always based on objective sets of rules such as professional ethical code. Oftentimes, it’s a matter of opinion. I might judge ethics Continue reading “One Type of Therapist Not To Trust”