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Therapist A: Exactly. So she says, "The last visit I had with you wasn't very positive. That night I sat down with my brother and set some limits, and he took it very well. " Dr. M: Did she say the last session was not positive or was? Therapist A: Sorry, my mistake, it was very positive. Dr. M: Was it your writing or your unconscious? What was not positive about it from your point of view? Therapist A: Well, I was scared that I was going to lose her. When she gets to love me so much, I'm always afraid she's going to leave, so I never trust that.

I do love you. " She says this with a lot of pain. " I don't know why she says that because she is their own child . Then, in a strangled, little-girl voice shes says, "But I can't make them love me ... " She then goes into her other persona. She's been this little girl. She goes back to the other one and says ... Dr. M: What could you have said there- what would somebody else have said? " Dr. M: Yes, any one of these is good because what you're doing is picking it up as defense and pointing it out to her.

So you have to do two simple things: First, don't direct, and before speaking make yourself review what you're doing. Force yourself to evaluate it. In that regard, all you have to do now is confront when she is not talking about the depression. Second, when she does talk about depression, stay away from the parent-child love bit; that's her problem, her issue and not yours. If you follow these two recommendations, you really ought to begin to see some therapeutic movement. Keep your agenda out.

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