‘Am I Going To Jail?’ Distraught Woman Asks Dr. Phil


Am I going to jail? No you’re not going to jail. Okay? Am I gonna get locked up? No, it’s time to be helped. Okay? (upbeat music) As you heard when we were going to break, I said, she didn’t have to come here, but she did. As soon as we went to break, you asked me a question, what was your question? If I was going to jail. Out of all the questions you could ask, what makes you ask that particular question? Because I’m terrified. I’m terrified to be here to talk about this. Why did you want to do this, why did you want to come here and talk to me? To get help, to some how fix, some how make a better outcome and to be able to fix things. Well there are 10,000 people you could have talked to besides me that don’t have seven cameras following them around all the time. So why here? This is like a huge mess, and I know you are a huge influence and person and you have a huge abundance of knowledge and I just feel like on this level of a mess that you would be the one to sort of help me start fixing things. Do you deserve to be helped. I do. Yes. Doctor, when people have sexual dysfunction of this nature or at this level, has it been your experience that this kind of thing can be unwound, unraveled and reoriented to a level of healthy functioning? Yes. There are ways to move on, to heal from this. The incest taboo is one of the most powerful and pervasive sexual taboos there is, and so from people looking at the outside in, that’s a really high bar, hurdle to clear. That’s gonna take a lot of time and a lot of work and not expecting anything to change overnight, it’s a daily process of taking that accountability and doing your best to make amends for it. What do you think about what he just said? I’m just sort of surrounding to this process. Allowing this to take its course. Would you like to know what I think you need to do? Be locked up for the rest of my life? Well that’s one option, but it’s not on my list. First off, there’s no police backstage, nobody’s gonna haul you off and lock you up. I’m here to help you. Can we get that off the list, cross that one off? I think the first thing that needs to happen is you need to deal with you. You’ve got to deal with the fact that you have a lot of open wounds. And you need very specialized help. You are a survivor of rape and abuse and sexual assault and all of these things that change who you are. You’ve never had anyone help you with that.

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