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Default Do you know why your therapist became a therapist?

My therapist has said that therapists become therapists to try to figure out their own issues, but has never said more about why he became a therapist. I suppose that topic would likely not be an ideal topic for therapy because it makes it all about the therapist, but Im genuinely curious about his story. Have any of your therapists told you or given you hints about why they became therapists? I think knowing this (maybe without too many details) might help me feel more connected to him without making it all about him.
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My guess is the first woman because it was indoors, required no lifting, and very little math or reading. She also wanted very badly to be loved and thought her other clients but me at least liked her.

The second woman was an artist so I believe it was to have a way to make money and have a flexible schedule. And of course, indoors with little math.

They both admitted to having endured therapy

For all of them it is a way to have autonomy, make money, and not really have to do anything much but sit there.
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Default Re: Do you know why your therapist became a therapist?

Ive asked 5 of the 7.

Three said because when they were younger people opened up to them easily and sought them out for advice. So they figured they would be good at it.

One said the attraction was purely intellectual. Shed never been to therapy herself.

One said the attraction was partly intellectual and partly because she had been a mental health patient herself.

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Default Re: Do you know why your therapist became a therapist?

over the years ex-T shared bits of his own trauma stories with me and talked briefly that he had been in therapy when he experienced a dark time in his early adult years. he made it sound like it was his experience from that early experience of therapy that inspired him to become a T. i definitely reckon a big reason for him becoming a T was using it to help him heal from his own issues and even more so for his own personal fulfilment. he admitted to me that for him he often found the therapeutic relationship more 'intimate' and closer than most of his relationships with family and friends, and that aspect of the work is what nourished him.

the times when he disclosed his personal traumas, i did find it helpful and i feel it helped to strengthen the relationship and the trust. it helped me feel that he could relate to me and my issues better.
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Default Re: Do you know why your therapist became a therapist?

When I first met mine he said he had been in therapy (psychoanalysis) 4 days/week for 5 years. That gave him credibility in my mind which is probably why he disclosed this. But I dont know if this was before he decided to become a therapist or after or what the reasons were.
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Default Re: Do you know why your therapist became a therapist?

My current therapist and I have never spoken about it, but some things he's written have talked about that part of his career trajectory. It seems he didn't initially intend to focus on therapy, but became interested in psychoanalysis during his psychiatry residency. Now that I'm thinking about this, I'm also curious what he'd say if I asked him about it.

I asked a past therapist about this while I was seeing her, and she said she became a therapist because she'd been helped by therapy.
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Default Re: Do you know why your therapist became a therapist?

Mine said it wasnt intentional. He just fell into it.
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Default Re: Do you know why your therapist became a therapist?

Yes, although she didn't tell me directly. She explains why on her part of the website that includes other ts she is in a practice with.
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Default Re: Do you know why your therapist became a therapist?

I have asked both.

T said she was always the go to person when people needed somebody to talk to. Everybody said she was good at it and she enjoyed it. So she figured she mine as well get paid for it.

EMDR T thoght early on she wanted to become a therapist. She wasn't sure so rather than spending all the money on grad school she became a camp counselor for a couple of years. It is during that time she realized it was what she enjoyed doing
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yes. even as a teenager her friends came to her and asked her for advice. she is natural at it.
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