Our expert says:
Well, you could encourage your husband by telling him that you're pleased that he seemed to get on OK with the guy, because now the plan is for him to work with tis shrink individually, and you appreciate that he had many issues to work on and hope this will help him. But I guess your responses so far have already communicated that.
As for notes, here's my experience. It's a good idea for you to make rough notes, and to SUMMARIZE them severely before taking them to a session, so you can remember the main points you want to be sure to bring up. It tends to make a shrink's heart sink when someone pulls out a few thick files of notes, especially if they plannto either read them out, or if they expect the shrink to sp[end a day or two reading them through ! I vividly remember the first time I ran into this, when I routinely asked a woman if her periods were regular, and she said : AHA !" and opened her hand bag to reveal hundreds of little bits of paper on which she had recorded the exact dateas of every period she'd had in the last 30 years ! Its actually a good example where too much information is less, not more. She could have summarized all that data in one short sentence --- |yes, generally regular| UI then discovered the French had called this "la maladie du petite papier".
So- nothing at all crazy in asembling your notes to help produce an efficient summary than includes all the major points that are important to you.
Similar point about notes. Most of us do make notes during a session ( mine has the added marvellous security system that if I don't read them for a week, my handwriting is totally indecipherable even to me ). Some summarize afterwards, though as you say, this can suffer from fallout. This is why analysts ( whose therapy is useless ) insisted on the "50 minute hour", to allow themsevles 5 minutes after a session to write a summary in their notes, and 3 minutes before it to read their notes and refresh their memories for the next pwerson they were to see,
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