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The idea that all therapists are content is stubborn—but wrong

Crucially, that doesn't stop them being able to do their jobs well

By Anna Blundy   July 2017

My psychoanalyst’s hallway is full of puffy jackets, the kind of outdoorsy coats he and his family must need for their bracing but life-affirming hikes. Off they stride chatting and laughing, on the long journey that will eventually lead them back to their idyllic cottage where they’ll make a fire, get a roast in the oven and pour the wine.

I think we all assume that our therapist is happy. They’ve gone through the training, they’ve had masses of therapy themselves, they are stable and serene. Aren’t they?

“How can you…

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