Our expert says:
You seem to be describing a well-recognized issue that quite often arises in therapy --- and any therapist who isn't acutely aware of this possibility, and able to recognize it and deal well with it, shouldn't be in practise. The analysts call it "transference" and see it as transferring onto the therapist feelings and emotions originally associated with your parents or other significant people in your life. Nowadays, this is less often a problem, as we have recognized, as the research shows us, that long-term therapy isn't needed in most situations, and can be inadvisable in many cases. There's not necessarily any need to switch to a different therapist, but you SHOULD, really, discuss this with her. If she has any knowledge or skills at all, she will not be surprised or upset, but needs to know about it so you two can work on this among other relevant matters within therapy
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