I've recently had a therapist who up until a few weeks ago had been supportive and some what of a life coach. She was aware of my bipolar depression and aware that my med doctor had been pushing anti-psychotics to help relieve a depressive episode.
Here's what happened: On the day of our appointment I had just had a rougher than normal two weeks. I confided in that my life had been unmanageable and I was feeling suicidal. She asked me if I had a plan in place, however that plan had been made years ago. And so she told me that have to report it to the authorities and that perhaps a stay in a psych unit would be best. I've been hospitalized before; self admitted and very naive about what actually goes on.
I think everyone here knows that when in a psych unit you are treated like it's your fault being mentally ill. I had already explained this to her, and she was so sorry I had been through that.
And yet, here she was telling me she had a legal responsibility "to ensure my safety. In all the 30 years of having been in therapy not one single time was I told psych unit care might be necessary. She hurt me and I felt betrayed. I fired her and still haven't found another therapist. I suppose suicide hotlines are confidential and anonymous for a reason. Has anyone here had a similar experience? If so,what did you do?