Our expert says:
Dear Sad Wife,
Many, many thanks for the feedback. I'm very pleased to hear how both of you have handled this situation, and how excellently the psychologist has done so : what you describe sounds close to the ideal arrangement. I'm encouraged, too, to hear that this is still possible within the state system, and this news should be encouraging to many other people !
I totally agree with the assessment your counsellor made, of the previous psychologist, which illustrates the sort of person really NOT suited to providing counselling to anyone. It's awkward for anyone as a patient, but one needs to feel empowered enough to recognize when a counselor like the one you encountered in the past, is too narcissist and selfish and wastes your time talking about their own problems : and to walk out, saying that you will not pay for dealing with their problems, and that the counsellor needs to see someone for her own needs.
Well done, both of you : this sounds very promising, and should work out well.
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