My therapist showed and shared her concerns with me and now I'm scared!
Thank you for sharing, Lotusfly! As a therapist, I encourage clients to make sure that I am a good fit during our first few sessions, and if not then I have a list of therapists that I suggest that may be better fits based on what the client needs. It never hurts my feelings when I client decides that I am not the right fit for them, and I am glad to help out a colleague with a referral. You have the right to receive services from someone that you feel validates but challenges you to move forward, and also feels safe. If that is not the case with this therapist, consider finding another therapist. A bipolar diagnosis is very serious, and really should come from a doctorate level psychologist, doctor or psychiatrist. Unfortunately not all therapists are fantastic, but there are many fantastic therapists out there!Your journey sounds amazing, and I wish you all the best as you move forward. Awesome work on maintaining boundaries even when discouraged by others! Such a hard thing for use empathic individuals!