Hello everyone; Has anyone on here ever had a really positive interaction with a therapist? If so, and if you feel comfortable enough, would you mind sharing a little about how and why? After almost 30 years and 12 doctors/psychiatrists/psychologists, I am beginning to lose faith. My experiences in this area have led me to the conclusion that only those who have suffered through a mental illness should be therapists. I don’t care how many letters are after your name, or how many research studies you have read, or how much training you have undergone; if you have never had a mental illness, simply put, you will never, never understand. I wish, too, that therapists weren’t so easy to fool. Not that I intentionally attempt to do so; that would be counterproductive. However, since it is my natural tendency to hide my darkest feelings, I tend to come across to others as fairly in-control and emotionally well-balanced. Yet still I am astonished that no one sees through that defense-mechanism veneer. Even though I may keep some of my deepest thoughts to myself, I still talk enough about my mental pain and suffering to provide (I would have thought) a few clues. I can never quite believe it when my therapist lets me go at the end of the session. Why can’t you see how close I am to the edge? Aren’t you supposed to be trained to read between the lines? Seems the only way to get taken seriously, if you have a mental illness, is to speak of taking your own life. That sure as hell gets people’s attention. “You can’t expect me to read your mind.” How many times have I heard that? No, I don’t expect it. Yet, it would sure be nice if just one person on this planet would say to me, "But are you really okay?" Has anyone seen the wonderful film “Ordinary People”? Judd Hirsch’s character, Dr. Tyrone Berger, has always been “The Perfect Therapist” in my eyes. He never bought into any of his client, Conrad’s BS, and he didn’t quit until he got to the root of the issue that was haunting Conrad and slowly tearing him apart. Alas, yes, fictional…. Or maybe not? Perhaps some of you have had such an experience. Have any of your doctors/therapists had a lasting positive impact on your struggles to overcome mental illness? Sorry this has rambled on. I could really sum it all up in one sentence: I am so tired of being my own therapist.