Meanwhile, those in therapy could be wasting their time - and hope - with the wrong therapy provider. In addition, if they are suicidal, their very lives could be at stake.
In The Wall Street Journal, the article recommends taking notes during the session. That might help. It also could prevent your having to decide much later whether to file a lawsuit against the therapist for alleged medical malpractice. Litigation usually involves a high degree of stress.
Another way to discover early if you and the therapist are a therapeutic match is to request to see the clinical records. Some therapists won't release them. So you should be prepared to have your lawyer send a formal letter. That's what I had done to obtain the records of my therapy with David W. Harder.
Unfortunately, I didn't do that during the first few months of treatment for depression at the University of Michigan. It was well into his career at Tufts University that I wanted to know how he was interpreting what I was sharing with him.
As my lawyer and I pored over the tone and content of those records, I determined that, from the get-go, Harder and I were not the right fit.
It should have been basic common sense for me to verify that we, as the saying goes, were or were not on the same page.
As a pilot program, insurance companies might explain to those entering therapy the utility of requesting the records after, for example, three sessions. The risks of finding out what their therapists are "saying about them" should, of course, be explained to the patients. Lawyers have to enter the picture with signed agreements that the patients understand the risk.
It's possible such an experiment could be a game-changer in the business of therapeutic outcomes.
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