redtabby's autism blog

A blog considering how psychology, psychiatry, social life and personal life do and don't interact with the autistic spectrum, sometimes obviously, sometimes not.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Use it or lose it

I lost a blog the other day. Still lots to learn about how do do this. The connection timed out, and by the time I got back there it was, gone, magicked into the ether. That particular blog entry was further to the Furedi book, agreeing with him about therapy culture having escaped from its proper domain of treating ill people with moderate to heavy-duty difficulties and conditions, and spread itself thinly all over the place, trying to make the world a better clinic, and encouraging people to feel like victims, whether they are entitled to feel like that or not.
I wonder if this has anything to do with the great mushrooming of 'counsellors' in the last 20 years or so, which I deplore, I'm afraid. They're not like real psychotherapists - they aren't able to deal with the serious stuff but they may think they can, which is where damage gets done. I had the good fortune to have a real psychotherapist as a student counsellor once, before the terms 'Asperger syndrome' and 'autism spectrum disorders'and 'theory of mind deficit' had been thought of. This particular therapist had a good idea of AS nonetheless, as his mentors Winnicott, Fairbairn and Guntrip had realised the seriousness of probs that some of us have in relating and communicating. They used different names for these things, but in a sense that was immaterial; it was the understanding that mattered.
The therapy was light on psychodynamic theory and heavy on practical relating, which is the right way round for Aspo clients.
Thank you, JH! I'm sure you're still out there somewhere, as it's not that long ago I noticed in a Free Association Books flyer that you'd finally got the book written. I knew you would.