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Etats-Unis : After PTSD, More Trauma

le 23 janvier 2015

[The New York Times] Going in for therapy at a Veterans Affairs hospital is a lot like arriving at a large airport in a foreign country. You pass through a maze of confusing signage. Your documents are scrutinized. There are long lines you must stand in and a series of bureaucratic rituals that must be endured before anything resembling a human encounter occurs.

In April 2013, after doing a series of intake interviews and sitting on a waiting list for three months, I had my first human encounter with my assigned therapist at the big V.A. hospital in San Diego. Little did I know that the delay in treatment would be less agonizing than the treatment itself.

My first session began with my therapist, a graduate student finishing up his doctorate in clinical psychology, offering a kind of apology. “Now, I’m probably going to make some mistakes and say some stupid things,” he said. “Are you going to be O.K. with that?”

Source The New York Times