Our expert says:
yes, this might be a social phobia / social anxiety disorder. And I'm sure you could be greatly helped by counselling and possibly some caefully selected medication, as well. You sound indeed like a nice, caring and intelligent guy --- maybe a bit too self-effacing in company, not letting people discover what's nice about you.
Sadly, it sounds as if you started off with the wrong therapist, who certainly should have told you she was shortly to depart for her pregnancy. And maybe you unwittingly complicated things by trying too hard to get her to like you, and that fax --- shrinks ought to be experienced enough to recognize what you were actually doing, but they can get awfully uncomfortable if they think you're developing a crush on them and they're not sure of how to deal with it --- but then she should ahve explained pleasantly and referred you to a different, maybe a male shrink.
And do understand that you ARE special --- not because someone lse, shrink or not, says so or thinks so, but just because you ARE. We are all special. I don't think it would be helpful to take this complaint to the medical council --- such cases take forever, cost a mint, and rarely end up satisfactorily, especially when the issue is not clearcut enopugh to be easily won. And she probably has incurance to pay all her own expenses. I understand that you feel angry and hurt, but such a case would pobably increase your abnger and your hurt, and would almost certainly NOT put her out of business, as you seem to want.
No, seek out a different therapist, maybe try a male one this time, and continue your work in progress. And expect the therapist to be chappenging and helpful, but don't expect them to be loving or loved ( that's not their function ) and don't look to them or anyone else to affirm your specialness --- just accept that you are.
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