New Stalking Presentation

Mental health professionals are more likely to be stalked than the average person but we receive little or no training in the concept of stalking or its management. I was stalked by a patient for ten months. and learned this the hard way. The experience is forever engraved in my brain. If I am stalked again, I will know better what to do. I want to tell you what I have learned so that you will not have to go through what I did. Mental health professionals can learn why the nature of our work can invite being stalked by a patient, and what we can do to stop it when it occurs, and some tips to prevent it.

I will be doing a presentation on this subject on Saturday, May 7 2011 from 8am-4 pm at the New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers Annual conference, held at The Nightingale-Bamford School, 20 East 92 Street, New York, NY 10128.


My presentation will be held from 1:45 to 3:45 pm.

I may well be offering a teleseminar on this subject at some future time. If you would be interested in this, please contact me to let me know.

What if deciding to meet with a therapist makes you anxious?

The decision to consult with a therapist for the first time can evoke feelings of anxiety. You have probably been living with this problem for some time, and despite how unhappy it is making you, it is old and familiar. Doing something about the problem means stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a risk. It is a brave thing to do. Nevertheless, it may make you feel anxious, which is a very normal feeling under the circumstances. It is much easier to decide not keep the appointment. But that only will defeat your purpose. Do the more difficult thing and meet with the therapist. Tell him or her how nervous you feel about being there. If the therapist is interested in hearing more about this, this should provide some feeling of relief.(After all, it’s not called the talking cure for nothing.) And this should make it easier to return to talk some more.