This. Just. Read this.
[The ‘reasons’ referred to in the title of this post are described in an excellent post by Dr Stein, reblogged here]
The thing about feeling excluded from your therapist’s life – it’s triggered by the smallest things.
I was usually early for my appointments with my ex-therapist, Jane, and I was used to the feeling of annoyance and jealousy when the client before me walked out of her office, saying ‘goodbye mate’ (‘mate’ – how dare he?!) as he left. On this occasion, though, he had what could have been no more than a ten second conversation with Jane on his way out of the door. I heard her interact with him – she said something kind and empathetic, as you might expect, though I can’t quite remember what.
She started our session in the usual way, asking me how I was and how my week had been…
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