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Re: Therapist first name basis Miss Honeychurch

Posted by crushedout on January 9, 2004, at 16:41:13

In reply to Therapist first name basis, posted by Miss Honeychurch on January 9, 2004, at 14:45:44

I call mine by her first name but she never said I could (I just didn't ask and went ahead and did it). She always referred to herself as either [her first name and last name] (usually) or Dr. [so-and-so]. But I just started calling her by her first name and eventually, she started calling herself that to me.

I imagine she's more comfortable on a first-name basis (I assume most people are nowadays unless maybe they're from the South or something) but that she uses "Dr." because it's professional and helps maintain boundaries. (I try to run over boundaries, as many of you know.)

The [first name last name] thing (or just using initials) always leaves me baffled because I don't know what they want to be called. It can be awkward to ask, too.


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