Our expert says:
Exactly, matt, and because everybody hear tends to read each answer, I like to take the opportunities that arise to make general points that can apply to other people as well as the person asking the question. I used the excellent metaphor of "infidelity" because a productive relationship with a shrink / therapist ought to be special, and just as she/he ought not to be chatting to her family and friends about things you discuss with her, so it is better for people to concentrate their discussions into the sessions with their own therapist.
And if she's a shrink like me, then she's most definitely NOT "always right". Nobody is. It's worth striving to become better at recognizing when we're NOT right, so we can vary our methods and approaches.
And don't you think there's a little element of talking about her behind her back, in criticizing her severely here, while she's on leave ? And if I can have any useful function, it might be in raising issues you haven't thought about before, rather than in just being agreeable.
No, I'm not angry with you. Should I be angry ?
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