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Re: Therapist first name basis

Posted by Medusa on January 10, 2004, at 7:17:02

In reply to Re: Therapist first name basis, posted by underthecs on January 9, 2004, at 21:11:36

I call my current therapist the equivalent of "Mrs." She's in training, but old enough that she could have a PhD in something or other, but hasn't mentioned it. She calls me "Mrs." as well, and I prefer that.

A previous therapist (in this country, where first names aren't as commonly used) used my first name, maybe not in speaking with me directly (I can't remember) but in talking about me, for example 'what Mother thinks about Medusa', and in sessions with my then-DH. I don't know if a patient has a chance to say something against that - I'd have felt insolent.

IIRC, with therapists in the U.S. it was first-names both ways, or I just didn't call them anything.




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