I learned that doing the right thing was probably best for everyone involved.
After one of them almost died from a fertility-related procedure, this couple decided that enough was enough.
There are simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to improve communication between providers and patients.
I describe the geneticist role as a puzzle solver.
Our physician training system currently increases suffering for patients like me and the millions of community caregivers who help us. It raises healthcare costs and adds significantly to physician burn-out because we neither select for empathy nor prepare future doctors to understand how patients work, live, and die.
Disclaimer! I am a labor and delivery nurse. I'm just kidding around... kind of. Like, 90 percent kidding, 10 percent not. Well, maybe 80/20. Just remember, if we didn't joke around sometimes, we'd be miserable!
Ideally a small number of themes describing the struggles you experience will emerge from your sessions. If you feel that
Taking an active role in forging an authentic connection with your therapist has lasting rewards. It will help you to gain insight into your patterns of interaction, and, if you allow your therapist to have some importance in your life, it will allow deep healing to occur.
Some believe that venting will help them to heal, others feel that it will be most helpful to remain distanced from their feelings so that they can analyze them. They're both right. And they're both wrong.
To get the most out of psychotherapy try to show as many of the different parts of your personality in your session as you can. We all wear masks -- personas -- to get along in less intimate settings such as professional situations, and to get through difficult times.
Instead of an assessment (which implies judgment) and advice (which implies expertise), what someone who's mentally distressed, in any context, needs first, mentally and emotionally, is some acknowledgment and support.