I was recently abused by my psychotherapist. It’s probably not what you’re thinking. It’s way more devastating than that. But it’s also more positive than it is devastating, if that makes any sense. It’s a growth opportunity. That’s why I’ve decided to write about it.
Still with me? Good.
I’ve started this blog with a view to raising awareness of therapist abuse and how all of us, as clients and as fellow professionals, can spot the warning signs of questionable treatment.
I know, if you’re anything like the previous, pre-abuse me, you’re probably wondering how can I relate to this at all? Perhaps you’ve never experienced psychotherapy. Maybe your therapy is going very well (and I am so pleased for you if that’s the case!). Yet needless to say, abuse by a professional is one of those things that you think would never happen to you. Until it does. Remember that abuse of power happens all around us – in religious communities, care homes and even in our own families. Abusers don’t discriminate. That’s why it matters to all of us.
There are some online resources that I have found very useful in the beginning stages of recovery, but equally I think there could be more support out there for those of us who find ourselves in this position. The therapy dynamic is a unique one. Psychological abuse is complex. We need all the help and education we can get.
It’s here that I’d like to point out my immense support and gratitude for the many talented and compassionate therapists out there who place ethics at the forefront of their practice. Without other mental health professionals there to help me ‘pick up the pieces’, I may not have survived this ordeal. I mean this both figuratively and literally – because I really have been pulled back from some dark places in recent months. Now I’m moving forward, with a (very) new therapist and a (very) new outlook on the future.
As someone with enough mental health diagnoses to rewrite the whole manual, I also like to blog about mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, PTSD and dissociative symptoms. This blog will mainly be recovery focused, that is why I have named it Mind Haven. I’d like it to be a safe space to heal and grow. A sanctuary for myself and maybe even for others who come across it and can relate just a little bit to the human experience we all share. In summary, I want to create a positive space that is forward-facing.
I really look forward to writing about my journey and hearing the stories of others. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, or email me using the contact form.
It’s new blog day. I also just bought some new jeans, therefore life is good!
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