I was not treated equally or as a partner or participant , until I found DR V,(last psychiatrist) and we formed a great partnership , as she did not impede me, but supported my views as much as she could . She told me I should become a doctor , and I replied that I might , but not an AMA kind. She expounded on my research . She heard me when I told her , to leave the area , for which I am glad . She would have been swallowed up in corp medicine to a huge degree that makes it more difficult to extradite oneself , professionally

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

From Facebook today:

Many therapists have not emancipated themselves from their training and think they are there to fix you. They are potentially dangerous. Trust yourself. If your therapist doesn’t encourage you to trust yourself, do not trust them.

More thoughts on offering support to others:

reed-659485_640Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. ― Pema Chödrön

I have certainly found meaningful support only from those who treat me as an equal.

Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego…

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