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Round Two with Mr. Shrink — I’ll have to come up with a better pseudonym than that — gets another mixed review. On the one hand, he had some good insights about my family, stuff I’ve actually never thought of before.

On the other hand, he also got a bit snarky when I said I’m from a family of eight. And when I said that no, I didn’t believe in contraception, his response was that the Catholic teaching on contraception “puts lovemaking in a box.”

Ewwwww. I hate it when people use the word “lovemaking.” Who is he, Al Green? And, seriously: puts it in a box? How is birth control not a box? How are condoms not a box?

Maybe I should be seeing someone who pisses me off with a little less frequency. Seriously, the secular therapist I saw when I lived out west was easier to take than this guy. At least with a non-Catholic you know where you stand.

That’s it! I’ll call him Dr. Switzer! After my favorite skit ever. Speaking of boxes. See below.

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6 thoughts on “In a Box

  1. Melissa

    I would have a much harder time going to a dissident Catholic therapist than I would to a secular-minded therapist. I just don’t understand how someone can call him/herself Catholic but not believe in most of the Church’s official teachings. What’s the point? You’re right — at least with a secular therapist, you are seeing someone who is honest enough to accept that he/she does not agree with the Church and, thus, does not call him/herself Catholic: i.e. “you know where you stand” with such a person. Personally, I’d have a hard time taking this “Catholic” therapist seriously. But that’s just me :) If you’re getting some other good stuff from him, and you’re not too annoyed by his apostasy, then you should probably stay with him. Who knows? Perhaps you’ll inspire him to become a better Catholic!

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  2. Catherine

    Sorry to hear about your experience with “Catholic” psychologists – they’re not all like that! You might try to find one who went to the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington. I’ve had really great experiences with their graduates (a number of them have worked with Catholic Social Services in my area). One of them even “specialized” in men with SSA and sex addictions.

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  3. karen

    I just want to tell you that I came across your blog approximately 8 minutes ago and have only left it to read a link from one of your posts (your interview with Simcha Fisher) and to look again at the blog that posted a link to you blog. You’re awesome.
    Also, as a person who wants so much to be a Marriage and Family Therapist someday (and hopefully be able to do that while being unapologetically Catholic), I say that maybe you should “shop” around for a more orthodox Catholic psychologist. Just a suggestion, though!

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