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Old 02-12-2018, 05:15 PM   #1
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I have been going to therapy off and on for anxiety and depression. My mom is an alcoholic and I've been told that I have some attachment issues from my childhood as well. About 5 years ago I became very attached to my T. I trusted her and believed she could help me. Over time, I realized she didn't understand the attachment or how to help me, and I became bitter and angry because of this. I decided it was best to switch to a different T and to try another approach.
Over the weekend, I was attending an evening function for a charity. I was in a crowded room and turned around and was face to face w/ my old T. It freaked me out, I didn't say anything. I just quickly turned around and walked the other way. Has this ever happened to any of you? I feel silly about it.
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Many years ago, I saw a school counselor, for a short time, at the college I was attending. I quit after only a few sessions. One day I passed him on the street. I don't really recall for sure... but I suppose I must have smiled & said hello. I seem to recall he did as well. But I do remember that, at the time, it felt awkward. I've quit quite a few therapists since then, over the years. But fortunately I haven't encountered any of them.
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My first therapist I ever had, I went to her for about 3 months when I was 18. It didn't go well, I don't think I liked her very much and I was too uncomfortable to really open up - but I still found myself fantasizing about her taking on a more maternal role in my life. About a year later, I was eating lunch with my actual mother at this cafe, and when she got up to go to the bathroom, I realized I was sitting directly across from my old therapist. She was facing me, too. I had to go the rest of the meal trying to pretend I didn't notice her.
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Unexpectedly meeting up with an ex-therapist can feel a bit awkward, for sure.
They should not break confidentiality by saying hello to us, unless we have initiated the interaction.


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My first therapist I ever had, I went to her for about 3 months when I was 18. It didn't go well, I don't think I liked her very much and I was too uncomfortable to really open up - but I still found myself fantasizing about her taking on a more maternal role in my life. About a year later, I was eating lunch with my actual mother at this cafe, and when she got up to go to the bathroom, I realized I was sitting directly across from my old therapist. She was facing me, too. I had to go the rest of the meal trying to pretend I didn't notice her.
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My first therapist I ever had, I went to her for about 3 months when I was 18. It didn't go well, I don't think I liked her very much and I was too uncomfortable to really open up - but I still found myself fantasizing about her taking on a more maternal role in my life. About a year later, I was eating lunch with my actual mother at this cafe, and when she got up to go to the bathroom, I realized I was sitting directly across from my old therapist. She was facing me, too. I had to go the rest of the meal trying to pretend I didn't notice her.
Thanks for your response. It made me feel better to know someone else had an awkward encounter with an old therapist. Just wondering--did your mom know it was your therapist? Also, did you say anything to your old T? When it happened to me, I was so surprised I just turned and walked the other way.
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