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Old 03-25-2019, 12:26 PM #11
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My T recently read me her notes outloud during a session because I was feeling paranoid by her taking notes. I found them dry, just a recounting of the session. Funnily enough the next session she didn't take any notes. Maybe because we weren't getting anywhere that session. When I asked my former T about what she was writing, she wouldn't tell me directly. She just said, in general my notes say x, y, z. I never asked for copies. HUGS Kit
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It couldn't hurt to ask.

My therapist photocopies the relevant portions for me.
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This thread inspired me to try and get my notes from my former T. I stopped seeing him a few years ago. I called my current T and she gave me support to do this and suggested a way to do it because she is familiar with my former T. So I sent him a detailed text and told him to give me a call. We shall see.....I hope my records were not destroyed. My current T said the former one used to purge records after 7 years. But it hasnt been 7 years, more like 3.
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I haven't asked. I did demand to know what she was writing last session, but that was because I was being paranoid that maybe she had detected my evasion of a question she had just asked. She told me she was writing the date. It was a bit anti-climactic.
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Default Re: Have you tried to get your therapy notes?

In the US HIPAA makes an exception for therapy notes. They have to give you process notes (when your sessions are, progress notes and so on), but it's up to them whether to give you the notes they make for themselves during sessions.
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My T doesn't take notes or keep a file on me. I'm very happy with his record keeping style.
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I have never seen him write any notes. Do have have to keep notes? I would think they would want to write something to review prior to your next session to refresh their memory. They can't remember everything at everyones session.
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My T never takes notes during session, but remembers everything. When I first started going I thought Id be desperate to see the case notes. But now I just dont feel like whichever version Id be shown would be all that interesting.

Although now that Im thinking of it, maybe. My T has never used any kind of clinical language with me not even for psychoeducation purposes. I dissociate in session quite a bit but T had never labeled it dissociation. Things like that. I wonder if the notes would contain more clinical language.

Now Im tempted ...
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I have never seen him write any notes. Do have have to keep notes? I would think they would want to write something to review prior to your next session to refresh their memory. They can't remember everything at everyones session.
my T would write his notes after my session. he usually had 15 mins between clients to give him time to do that.
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Default Re: Have you tried to get your therapy notes?

I haven't - my current counsellor doesn't take any, as far as I am aware. I would be interested in my previous counsellor's impression of things, as she said:

'You have an interesting turn of phrase, and it's important to get everything down.'

I wonder whether that was more important than listening to what I was actually saying, but I digress. She is not one of my favourite people, but if not for her, it's highly unlikely I would have come into contact with R.
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