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Therapists aren’t there to give advice

It’s about not leaping into the material but bearing not knowing what to do; bearing not knowing how the situation will develop

By Anna Blundy   August 2015

The patient, a beautiful woman with the bleakest of backgrounds mentions to me, by the by, that her husband occasionally beats her up. She shrugs.

Of course, it’s not uncommon for patients to relate disturbing material. The kind of patient seeking, and eventually getting, therapy within the NHS often has a grim history. It can be deeply upsetting to listen to the litany of neglect and abuse, but it’s familiar. It’s a question…

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