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TOPIC TITLE: therapist as authority figure
Created On 7/20/06 9:47 PM
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tulip
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7/20/06 9:47 PM
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I realize my question may be a vague one, still I will ask it.
I understand that psychotherapy is collaborative work. Too, there is the issue of authority. How do you reconcile the two? Am I making sense here....? If my question is unclear I will rethink this and repost. Thank you!
 
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tulip
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7/20/06 9:55 PM
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Two of my four children are in weekly counseling. The therapist has asked me to commit to regular parenting sessions. I have met with her 5 times already and I am having a bit of a hard time with her being in the role of an authority figure telling me what to do or what not to do. I feel more in control of the situation when I'm the one asking for the advice, as opposed to her oft unsolicited advice. I have talked to her about it and she says that it is my issue, that I have an issue with control. I just wonder about that. Is she right? And what can I do, letsay some shift in perspective or what, that will allow us to work collaboratively? Or are parenting sessions with one's child's shrink not a collaborative effort? Is it rather therapist in the role of authority figure?
I look forward to your response! Thanks!
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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7/21/06 1:07 AM
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If you are going to a competant professional, isn't the advice solicited? I think it is not easy for any of us to be told that what we are doing with our kids is "wrong". I DO think that working with a shrink is supposed to be collaborative, but maybe you and the shrink have different ideas about what her role is.
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tulip
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7/21/06 6:36 PM
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Shrink's idea is that she is the teacher and I am the student. Could that be the reason I'm having a hard time of it?
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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What's wrong with being the student?
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