Regional Clinical Officer, Centene Corporation
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- Apr 6, 2007
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The pretentious writing is why I skimmed it, tbh. And, yeah, I kind of picked up on some potential Borderline traits, too.
I really liked this article, although I wish it was titled "My Life In Psychoanalysis."
Basically, the client spent lots of money and time over 40 years for something that gave her mixed results. She became addicted to trying to uncover her problems. She became fixated and even obsessed with her past and she wonders if this detracted from her present. She tried numerous therapists. Psychoanalysis did not give her what she wanted.
This is what can happen when therapists fail to: use a reliable yardstick for progress, elicit feedback from clients, provide clients with realistic information about therapy and how it can be helpful or harmful, and most importantly use current treatment methods.
It is interesting watching everyone's desire to point out Axis II traits. I have seen a tendency in mental health professionals (including myself) to start looking for axis II traits if the therapy isn't working despite our best progress, as opposed to referring to a higher level of care or to another provider, seeking consultation and further supervision, etc. I am not saying you guys are doing that btw. I am just saying that sometimes people have a tendency to place all of the blame on the client in cases like this.