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Topic: Do therapists get annoyed?

Witheld started this discussion 6.2 years ago #2,687

Hi everyone. I have a 2 very simple questions today, Do therapists get annoyed with patients at times? And did anyone here get annoyed with me?

Mekay joined in and replied with this 6.2 years ago, 2 minutes later[^] [v] #0

I'm not annoyed with you. Can't speak for anyone else.
Heck ya they do!
They experience a whole range of emotions just as clients do.
Anger, fear, discomfort, love, attraction, hate.

I am pretty sure my therapist is annoyed with me right now.

Molly joined in and replied with this 6.2 years ago, 11 hours later, 11 hours after the original post[^] [v] #0

Everyone gets annoyed. On this forum at least,you have done nothing that seems annoying. I think therapist also are probably very good with having compassion,and there fore it takes a lot more to get annoyed.:)

dr-robert joined in and replied with this 6.2 years ago, 21 hours later, 1 day after the original post[^] [v] #0

Therapists are human beings, and annoyance is part of being human, naturally. The difference between the competent therapist and the client is this: The client comes to therapy to work on issues, but the good therapist is NOT using those hours to work on anything except assisting the client. The personal feelings of the therapist have nothing to do with the job. If the therapist feels annoyed, he or she must work on that OUTSIDE of therapy. If the therapist cannot get over any strong feelings towards the clientannoyance, anger, lust, fear, etc.the therapist is ethically required to stop the therapy and refer the client. If you feel that your therapist is annoyed with you, he or she is not doing a good job, in my opinion. This does not mean that the therapist must hide what he or she feels (although often this is necessary), but rather that he or she is ethically obligated to come to the consultation focused on the job, and at peace with personal feelings of his or her own.

(Edited 28 minutes later.)


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