Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Psychotherapists that are Survivors of Sexual Violence

I know we discussed this before in the past, but I think it's an important topic. A vast number of psychotherapists (psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, etc.) who specialize in the field of sexual violence are survivors themselves. I've heard that there are those who have concerns regarding this fact. The fear is that if you were once sexually victimized that you would be biased. Another fear is that everyone you see in a professional setting, you will believe is also a survivor.

  1. If you are a survivor, how would you feel if you found out your therapist is also a survivor?
  2. Would you rather see a therapist who is a survivor? or one who was never victimized? Or doesn't it matter to you?
  3. If you are a survivor, did you ever think of becoming a therapist to help others?
  4. Many survivors also go into related fields such as law enforcement, or go into Law. Have you ever done this? If you have, why?

Let's talk about these issues.


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