I know I said I wouldn’t be posting anymore, but it turns out this whole exercise may not have been as fruitless as I first thought! I’ve been offered a job in Seattle at a mental health institution to take over the case of a young woman who is obsessed with fictional characters, much as my mystery patient was. This patient did at one point receive therapy, but her self-styled therapist wasn’t properly licensed. Her misjudgment apparently allowed this patient to do a great deal of damage to others. Credentials are there for a reason, folks.
I am grateful now for the experience I had with my patient, despite its irregularities. Before his final session, he insisted on signing a disclosure agreement, releasing some of the bounds of client confidentiality. I told him this was not necessary–he could help others even if he continued to go by B.B. He told me that this was not the case, saying that he wanted people to know who he was and how much my work had helped him. This is why I felt comfortable releasing that recording of our final session. My guess is that Barker is an assumed name in the first place, but now
I will never be sure.
Still, all’s well that ends well. Thanks again for all your support. This wouldn’t be happening without you all!