#1

basically im seeing a counselor, and basically ive developed a deep feeling of lust towards her, she is quite sexually attractive and she probably knows i think this, , i should say im at a good place in all this and have healed past hurts from my childhood so im not at a pivotal time in all this.

it definalty isnt love im feeling for her just lust and it doesn't help that she dresses very sexy considering its a consoling session, its becoming a bit uncomfortable for me to be in the room with her, so should i say this to her or request a different counselor, i do get that it could be just that im opening up to a person in ways you wouldnt usually and that could be the turn on

Jackie Brown Registered User
#2

Yes, you should discuss this with your counsellor. You appear to be experiencing "transference" which is quite common in psychotherapy, particularly when issues from childhood are being addressed ... so don't feel uncomfortable about it.

Assuming she knows what she's doing, she won't be at all surprised and will help you work through this stage of your therapy.

op here Guest
#3

to be honest i find the thought of telling my counselor that i find her sexually attractive quite daunting, i will say im not unfamiliar with psychotherapy but i thought transference applied only to feelings of love and not sexual attraction,

#4

Not everything in psychotherapy is transference. OP says she is attractive so maybe she is attractive person i.e he would be attracted to her if he met her at work etc. I know i have felt this about one particular woman I met in counselling but not in others.

Best is to tell her

hollis12 Registered User
#5

well in fairness how does she dress sexy, could it be in your mind a symptom of your lust or do you think she genuinely dresses unprofessionally then it could be a problem, there have been counselors who have known about this feeling in their clients and loved the attention!

#6

hollis12 said:
well in fairness how does she dress sexy, could it be in your mind a symptom of your lust or do you think she genuinely dresses unprofessionally then it could be a problem, there have been counselors who have known about this feeling in their clients and loved the attention!
In fact there is also a counter transference where the therapist can be attracted to the client. I think it was Alexander Pope whose research found a large % of therapists were sexually attracted to client. Some therapists will take advantage of it, usually men with women I think.

And transference can be sexual too as well as love as someone asked. In fact it can be anything the client felt for others including anger, negative transference

Op I hope you have chosen therapist well some are not to be trusted and have significant problems themselves. I have experience of this though it was not sexual

op here Guest
#7

well she dresses in a way i find sexy, leather boots and for some reason always has her cardigan draped over one shoulder, wheter or not this is deliberate is irrelevant. im at a point in therapy were it really is only a formality as im quite healed from any childhood trauma i had so im just going to therapy for a few months of finishing up sessions, but i do find this very distraction once again i know it isnt love because it wouldnt bother me not to see her once therapy's finished but i do have the problem of arousal during sessions

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sunset_grace Registered User
#9

well im a counselor and that really sounds more like sexual attraction than transference which is much more love based, does she dress provocatively? if you feel sexually aroused during the sessions it would make things difficult for you to really open up

op here Guest
#10

well i do find her sexually attractive how ever she dresses, so should i tell her i find her sexually attractive or will i just say attractive and hopefully shell know what i mean, i dont want to embarrass the girl, and i dont want to ruin the rest of my therapy.

Zaph Millionaire Oppressor
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#12

op here said:
well i do find her sexually attractive how ever she dresses, so should i tell her i find her sexually attractive or will i just say attractive and hopefully shell know what i mean, i dont want to embarrass the girl, and i dont want to ruin the rest of my therapy.
Do not worry about embarrassing her she is being paid for it and it is about you. The fact that you are concerned about her though would suggest that you are transferring more than lust. You should explain it all - the sexual thing and the bit that you do not want to embarras her.

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Zaph said:
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#15

OP - the councellor you are seeing is doing a job and it is either benefiting you or not.

If you feel your attraction for her means you are not getting what you need you should probably tell her. If you have been refered to her by a GP then go back to your GP and discuss it.

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