My name is Vanessa, and I am working with a colleague on a project about therapists. We are not taking a survey; rather, we are interested in creating a work of fiction about therapists, the nature of therapy and, on a broader context, human relationships and the power of storytelling.
I am trying to elicit answers to certain questions from a wide range of people working in mental health—this includes nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, or students who are training to work in any of these professions.
What we are looking for is simply inspiration for a novel, so any of your contributions would be completely anonymous and, in all likelihood, considerably altered if they are incorporated into our project.
I hope you don’t mind my posting this here, and thank you in advance for those of you who are willing to provide answers J We greatly appreciate ANYTHING you are willing to provide!
Thanks and be well,
The questions are as follows:
What kind of people become therapists? Is there a certain personality type (or types)?
How do therapists view themselves, in the broadest possible terms?
What are common pitfalls, syndromes, warnings issued by other therapists?
What are common cautionary tales about therapists’ involvements with patients?
Is burnout common? What are its symptoms?
How do therapists prevent themselves from becoming emotionally enmeshed with patients? Is this an inevitable part of therapy?
How does a typical session of talk therapy begin?
And finally, please provide what helping profession you work in (ie, counseling psychologist, nurse, social worker):
If you feel uncomfortable posting on this forum, please contact me; I would be happy to give you my email address.