hey wounded heart,
the 1st T i went to was an elder who was a T.
I just knew we'd have something in common.......
I'm going to type this in caps so maybe somebody else will see it - so don't get offended:
HEY ALL YOU JW'S!!!!! DON'T GO TO JW THEREPISTS - TOO MANY BOUNDRIES CAN, AND DO, GET CROSSED - AND YOU PROBABLY WILL GET HURT VERY BADLY! AND IT WILL COST YOU THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ANYWAY!
Now..... Back to us. The woman in Boca Raton, Fl., who I was under treatment with came with the correct credentials - but she did me much harm. Oh, I learned a lot from her also - but not enough to make up for the harm & thousands spent on her. After the first couple of weeks of seeing her everyday for an hour, sometimes two, (she believed she could get to the root of the matter quickly that way), she decided we could have therepy 3 times a week by phone, since I had to go back home. I visited down in Boca Raton.
Of course, when I would call her at the exact time we had set, I could hear the dishes clanking in the background (I don't think I had her undivided attention). And she'd ask things like "Do you think your phone line has been tapped?" Naturally, I felt really safe discussing my innermost thoughts after a couple of those questions.
She told me that she was expecting a call from Bethel anytime so that she'd go teach up there. She was one of the very few jw therepists skilled enough to do this teaching in her opinion. Oh, and the big one, in the New Order, her position would be as teacher to the Princes on the Earth. When I looked at her funny after she said this, she said "Well, who else is knowledgable enough to teach these men?" She was dead serious too. I knew I was in trouble then. I finally figured out how this woman with control issues could fit herself into the jw female role. She couldn't be equal to the men -so she decided to climb above them as their teacher.
Ah well......so you tangled with a jw man therapist? Will joys never cease! And he practiced hypnotism? How curious for a jw, and without your approval? My therapist was going to make me sign papers for hypnotism (another therapist). My Circuit Overseer (after calling Bethel) said I should stay away from hypnosis, but sodium.......(truth serum) was ok. I never received either. Like a good jw, when in doubt - don't. This time, it actually was probably a good non-move on my part.
Was the jw therapist real meek and mild acting or did he act like an average man? The three males that I've been in sessions all acted meek like - but I think a certain amount of that was put on (except for the one who shook hands like a dead fish. He was just kinda wimpy.)
I took Prozac for about 5 years, then came off of it. I use nothing now. Man, I miss my buddies sometimes! I have panic attacks infrequently now. I can even go to the dentist without having one - most of the time. I haven't been to a regular doctor in about 10 years - gonna take one helluva sickness to get me in those stirrups. (any lurkers - don't need a health lecture here- I know it's not prudent - but panic attacks aren't either.)
The dentist used to give me Valium to take before my visits - but it never did the trick, no matter how much I took. I finally just saved them for better use (my mother's visits). Btw, how do you get along with you family? Is there a person within you and within your family who can communicate together? That would be a nice thing. You mentioned you have some good friends, which is a great help also.
I went back and reread your introductory thread. I had read it originally, but must have spaced out your part about having mpd/did. Very unusual for me, honestly. I've waited a long time to introduce myself to another like me, and then I screw up and miss the post! Ah well.....again.
Glad you posted this thread - and we've been properly introduced as kin folks of a certain kind.