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Are You in Therapy?

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The Hebrew website “The Hottest Place In Hell” (Ha-makom.co.il) published another installment last week in its series “Psychologists Without Borders,” concerning non-sexual abuse and exploitation by therapists. The article includes disturbing descriptions of exploitation, the creation of long-term dependence, and soul-sucking – practices more commonly associated with cult leaders (a term repeated by more than one interviewee). The article also mentioned a Facebook page entitled “What’s happening in my therapy?” which by its very name indicates a space with great potential for a blurring of boundaries that isn’t always palpable.

Truly difficult stories. But the structure of relations in the therapeutic framework is by its very nature an inviting breach. A bit like an orphanage adjacent to a Catholic monastery – it’s not a bug, but a feature.

Emotional surrender in therapy is........

© Haaretz

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