posted on Jan, 20 2008 @ 12:36 AM
I can understand the paranoia. I remember the first ime I saw my therapist--really uncomfortable. Then he suggested I enroll in his group therapy
session. I was horrified! Well, after three years I have to say it was absolutely one of the best things I could have ever done for myself. Understand
that anyone that acts as a good listener can allow for you to engage in one of the most basic psychological exercises: catharsis. This is simply
vetting out your frustrations, fears, apprehensions, desires, worries, triumphs, etc. most of us do this with our close friends. This is why someone
mentioned their Psychiatrist was so effective. Understand also, that generally, a Psychologist is a PhD, PsyD or even EdD who listens and counsels
using any of a number of effective models or combination of them, as mentioned. A Psychiatrist, generally, tracks symptoms and prescribes your meds.
He/she has an MD. It has been well demonstrated that the best results come from the use of meds along with therapy. And, no, a therapist,
(psychologist, Psychiatrist, Psych Social Worker or anyone in a similar profession) may not reveal what you share! The EXCEPTION is when the client or
patient reveals he/she has recently engaged in sexual abuse upon another or murder or the planning of these. Otherwise, confidentiality of the patient
is EXTREMELY serious and when broken can result in severe penalties on the part of a care giver. It is also true that sometimes you have to search a
bit to find the right one. I became a Psych Social Worker and Mental Health Counselor for 18 years--my schooling occurred while in therapy years back.
Do this for yourself and good luck. Let us know how it went,
Oh, and by the way, I see no point in recording your session other than to review and analyze. If it makes you feel comfortable, however, do it.
[edit on 20-1-2008 by Corbin Dalus]