The issue of people who feel violated by professionals--psychologists, clergy, physicians, etc.-- is deeply troubling to all thoughtful people. Every veteran therapist has dealt with the consequences of this behavior.
As you and others have observed, those in pain want to talk about it. Every therapist supports the need for those who have been betrayed to bear witness to their experience. In the past, this has been done among friends, family, religious communities, and in therapy. Cyberspace is the latest vehicle with which people pursue the chance to discuss their pain with like-minded others. Two places to start are:
I am sure there are others. I hope that you-- and all people in pain--find the cyber-location that contributes to the healing you desire. By the way, a Yahoo! search on "transference" listed 1200 sites. You might want to pursue some of them.
This Forum was established for professional therapists to talk to each other. Like all professionals, we have our own vocabulary, experiences, and needs. We create and use journals, conferences, and other vehicles to which the public is not invited. This Forum is another one of those vehicles. The existence of professional resources does not imply that nonprofessionals possess no wisdom. Any professional who wishes to take advantage of what nonprofessionals have to say has many ways of doing so. And many of us do.
As a courtesy to the several lay people who have taken the time to write to us lately, I will accept posts from lay people through Sept. 6. After that, no posts from lay people will be accepted. All posts from lay people will be deleted on Sept. 11. In return for inviting you into our professional home, I ask that posts not ask for advice, and not simply be expressions of anguish. If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity to educate therapists, please do so in a productive way. You may also include your email address so that one of our professional members can contact you if s/he wishes to.
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