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reply ** Re: Psychologist refuses to see my problem , Gunborg Palme - Leg psykolog - Leg psykoterapeut - Telefon 08-664 60 92 , 18 Nov 2006 19:20
question Psychologist refuses to see my problem , ****** , 18 Nov 2006 18:46
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Psychologist refuses to see my problem
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Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 18:46:22 +0100
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I am seeing a psychologist who is helping me with my depression and self injury behaviors. I wanted to show him my scars from cutting. He did not want to see them and gave me a couple of reasons why. Is this typical practice for counselors/therapists to refuse to see the scars of their clients?
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From: Gunborg Palme - Leg psykolog - Leg psykoterapeut - Telefon 08-664 60 92
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 19:20:45 +0100
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Your problem is in your head. The psychologist is interested in the mental state that makes you cut yourself. Your scars are of more interest to a surgeon. Many psychologists would hve looked at them anyway to get an impression how bad it was.

Some psychologists might see the showing of the scars as a "game" between them and the patient, a game with roles such as "poor little me, see how I cut myself" versus "Oh, how terrible your scars are". Psychologists with this view might refuse to see your scars in order to avoid getting drawn into this "game". Psychologists with this viewpoint think that it is very important to avoid games between patient and psychologist, because such games would make real communication on the real issues more difficult.




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