Military defense lawyers’ attempts to search sexual assault victims’ psychotherapy records to “expose inconsistencies” [“Records request under scrutiny,” Metro, Feb. 15] demonstrate an appalling misunderstanding of psychotherapy and the narratives that emerge from it.

Far from the calculated, exquisitely targeted missiles that lawyers train on their opponents, the stories that patients tell in psychotherapy are full of self-doubt, shame and self-blame as a soul tries to reach a tolerable version of what really happened. To consider as evidence records based on these tentative descriptions, assertions and retractions seems to me to require a denial of everything we have learned in the past 50 years about how people experience trauma.  

Herbert S. Gross, Rockville

The writer is a member of the executive council of the American Psychoanalytic Association.