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A letter to my former therapist

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Hello, once again I'm putting this on CB for several reasons.  One is for prosperity;  I can review it in my account and see the progress I've made down the road.  And because I want to put it our there so I don't feel so alone in my struggles.  


Here goes nothing again:


October 4, 2014

Mr. R,


I like to drink water.  I really enjoy it iced-cold with a touch of crystal light in my larger tumbler with a straw.   For quite some time I’ve been drinking plain water straight from the faucet.   This analogy is indicative to my life I’ve lived for too long.    Tap water sufficed as though I didn’t deserve or have the willpower  for this and other simple pleasures anymore.  A fog of depression, anxiety, and confusion prevailed.


R, you’re partially responsible for some of this fog; you hindered and even regressed any progress I may have made in therapy.    Yes, decades of mood swings, irritability, anxiety and isolation exist in my life.  I went to you, a well respected, knowledgeable professional to have better mental health. 


Having mental illness is horrific and having to take medication is horrible.  Worse, though, is a life of only surviving and barely maintaining.


I wanted help and turned to therapy again hoping to finally cope better specifically with ptsd symptoms.   I didn't know what to expect.    I trusted you to help me function better, find relief in my struggles, and to finally find some solace. 


You didn't help.  You hindered any progress.  Now,  I need to forgive how it was and see how it is.  You made me have to waste time seeing how it is and I deplore what you did.  And I resent having to go through the process in therapy now. 


You’re at fault. 


To end on a positive note:  right now I have my tumbler filled with freezing cold grape flavored natural water; I’m making progress already.  No thanks to you.  




Thanks for taking the time to read.   

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I think writing to a former therapist is a great idea...especially one who wasn't a good therapist.  I should try it. My first therapist was a total jackass and caused more harm than good.  My current therapist has to undo a lot of what he did.  


I'm so sorry you had this experience, but I'm glad you're able to get it out in writing. I hope it was cathartic to do so. 

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