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17 February 2009

In therapy? Be realistic

A therapist is there to offer a supportive, safe environment in which you can deal with your problems. But there are certain limits to what you can expect from your therapist.

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A therapist is there to offer a supportive, safe environment in which you can deal with your problems. But there are certain limits to what you can expect from your therapist.

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Don’t expect your therapist to have a magic wand – you've established patterns over a number of years and these can’t be unravelled in one or two sessions. Although you might feel that your therapist has become your friend, your therapeutic relationship should only exist during therapy – a therapist cannot be on call at all times. Your therapist cannot “fight your battles for you” – only in certain cases (and only with your consent) will other people such as your employer or spouse be contacted by your therapist. Find out how to choose the right therapist.

 
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