Hi SundayGirl, Welcome to Healing Well forum.
I too have an aversion also therapy but this is only due to the fact that I have worked in the mental health field for years and know what goes on and how it works. Yet I force myself to go as I know I need too in order to get better. I am surprised that your psychiatrist actually provides your counseling sessions. I see a psychiatrist once a month and he prescribes my medication and my visits usually lasts 15-20 minutes. I also see a counselor in the same practice every other week. Anyway, if you are aware that you are diverting the attention or his questions than why do it. What is the purpose of you going to see him if you are not going to be up front and honest with him and help yourself. I can understand if it was a difficult question like regarding childhood trauma or something but the questions you listed dont seem to be unreasonable or that hard to answer. Also, he is most likely thinking that you are trying to be difficult and analyzing it, instead of there being some sort of real problem here. I would suggest the next time you see him to discuss this with him and to make a concerted effort to answer his questions. If there is something that you dont want to talk about just tell him "I dont want to talk about that" instead of answering him with a question. If you are having actual anxiety and you think this is the reason you are diverting the attention away from you than you need to tell him. This is the whole purpose of therapy.
Post Edited (els) : 3/12/2006 8:34:22 AM (GMT-7)
That is an excellent idea. Go in an ask what his expectations of you are and tell him what you want to achieve by attending. Therapy is hard to do for a lot of people but it seems that you have a lot of insight into yourself and a true desire to get better or fix a problem.
It is easy to over analyze when your attending therapy but just remember their there to help you so relax and take a deep breath, there isn't much of anything you can say that would not be okay.
I managed two private psychiatric residential care facilities. I have a Bachelor's degree in psychology and am working on my Master's now. So there really isn't to much I haven't seen.
Wow, two cats and five ferrets. That is quite a household full. My dad used to have a ferret years ago but he died. He was fun to watch climbing on everything. You would also go to his house and open a cabinet and there the ferret would be hiding. I never understood how he got in there.