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What Does Your Therapist Think About You?

Psychotherapy can sometimes be a little frustrating. You sit in an office, share your life with your therapist, but get only a small window into what your therapist thinks about you. They share their insights in little dribbles that come out from time to time.

When what we really want is the whole kit and kaboodle.

So an interesting experiment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is raising eyebrows — giving patients electronic access to their mental health notes.

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What Does Your Therapist Think About You?

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  1. Nice reality check here – a wise clinical supervisor once told me to write every note as if the client were going to read it. Transparency is important in the process, I agree that it is interesting here as “an experiment.” Sound clinical practice is common sense!

  2. I had a psychiatrist who informed me that I had every right to have a copy of his reports. As he said “It’s your life.” My GP was never too thrilled when I asked for them (psychiatrist sends reports to GP)assuming that I was going to get upset over them. I couldn’t understand the GP’s reaction because the report was simply a transcription of things that my PDoc and I discussed. Meds, mood, significant life changes, etc. It was no biggie, however, I am glad that I have those reports, along with the initial consultation and diagnosis. It was good to see that there was nothing on them that I wasn’t expecting.

  3. I’m so surprised this is an innovation. Where I am medical records belong to the patient but are stored by the doctor. We always have a right to request them, and so I do periodically, if I’m moving and want to be able to provide them to a new doctor or if I simply want to read them. I’ve read my psych records, my dr had no objection and was interested in my reaction to them.



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