A Recent Experience in Psychotherapy






In this essay I will present my experience in a therapy of about six months, which occurred in the middle of 2014. In order to provide useful background to the reader, I will give a brief history of psychological issues I have dealt with in my adult life, and also some significant events that occurred to me before the start of the recent therapy.

depression-manThis story was provided by former therapy patient Don.

In this essay I will present my experience in a therapy of about six months, which occurred in the middle of 2014. In order to provide useful background to the reader, I will give a brief history of psychological issues I have dealt with in my adult life, and also some significant events that occurred to me before the start of the recent therapy. Continue reading “A Recent Experience in Psychotherapy”

Gaslighting in Therapy

hustle-and-bustle-494069_640If you Google the word “gaslighting,” here is what comes out as its definition: manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.

Unfortunately, gaslighting (or in other words, crazymaking), is not an uncommon occurrence in therapy. Continue reading “Gaslighting in Therapy”

How Do I Know What Is And Isn’t Supposed To Happen In Therapy

counseling-99740_640Many times I’ve been contacted by people, who were currently in therapy and wanted to know if their therapists were doing the work competently and/or ethically. Such questions arose out of concerns about the specific actions or non-actions made by the therapists that didn’t seem consistent with what people believed the normal therapy process should entail. Continue reading “How Do I Know What Is And Isn’t Supposed To Happen In Therapy”

Transference Dance In Therapy: What Is Counter-Transference?

therapy-2In the previous post on Transference, I discussed the traditional definition of transference and how it undermines therapy effectiveness. I also offered a different, much broader definition that would allow therapists to see clients’ problems and their relationships with clients more clearly and realistically. Continue reading “Transference Dance In Therapy: What Is Counter-Transference?”