commented on Choosing a Therapist
2011-10-15 13:21:30 -0400
I am a therapist and have worked with many survivors. Many therapists have had clients who have been abused. Their religion is not as important as whether they believe you, have other clients who have experienced abuse, have training in working with trauma, and who understand the more difficult issues that priest abuse creates. Ultimately you need to speak to several different clinicians and feel a sense of a good “fit.” Though obviously this may be difficult to do considering what has happened to you, developing steps to trust is part of your healing. You will want to trust their boundaries, professionalism, and commitment to treating trauma. You can always check to see if a therapist has had complaints by contacting the state board. Ask the therapist questions about their beliefs, training, experience and how they treat trauma. If something doesn’t feel right listen to that. Meet with several therapists before you decide. A therapist should be understanding of this process and encourage you to “shop” for the right fit. The Catholic Church has a fund that pays for therapy. If you have not taken steps to get that money, speak to someone who has. You are entitled to it. What happened to you was not your fault and the church is responsible for the care of those whose lives have suffered due to their negligence.