Our expert says:
Some cynics describe these old-fashioned forms of psychotherapy as hardly therapeutic, but as a way to buy intelligent conversation and something that at least feels like friendship.
A therap[ist, whether or not they use valid and effective methods, is at least supposed to be amicable ( if not necessarily friendly ) trustworthy and confidential, which many "friends" don't manage to be.
You may be unfair to both of you in feeling that unless you see him as a friend, the relationship must somehow be phoney or inauthentic.
A therapist who considered himself as "paid to agree with you" would be a truly lousy therapist - indeed, one of his duties is not to necessarily or automatically agree with you, but to challenge you usefully. He should not lie, and, indeed as a good friend should do, should disagree and explain the disagreement when you are wrong about something.
IF you are flooding him with SMS and e-mail, you are putting an unfair pressure on him. You have your sessions in which any necessary and useful communication should occur. Other than changing appointments and other such business-like matters, there should be no need to send e-mails or other messages on other matters. Note them down and discuss them in your next session.
He's being a better professional and genuinely NOT a fake if he chooses not to respond to messages between sessions that don't deal with genuine emergencies or scheduling problems.
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