Psychiatrist dating former patient

The best way of explaining this is an alcoholic having a bottle of vodka as a therapist.While a bizarre analogy you can see the conflict of interest quite clearly.The therapist is viewed unconsciously as some parental or other powerful figure from the former patient’s past.That alone defines any proposed relationship as a parent-child interaction. Any possible relationship—six months or six years after therapy is over—is tainted by residual transference.



Apart from the obvious imbalance that is present you also rely on the integrity of the therapist.Which is in part why my wife ended up writing a memoir.


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