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Re: Yikes, are gifts really a boundary issue?

Posted by lucy stone on June 26, 2004, at 3:09:03

In reply to Re: Yikes, are gifts really a boundary issue?, posted by Believe on June 25, 2004, at 21:27:37

> I just have one question -- do you take gifts to your gynecologist as well? Yes, your therapist knows you in a way no one else does, but it is their job.

When I had a hysterectomy I took baskets of cookies to the people in my gyns office. Yes, they were doing their jobs but they did them with kindness and caring that went beyond what they were paid to do. I used to have a job that touched people's lives in a very deep way. It was an honor to do the job and although I was paid I cared deeply about my clients. A client would often bring a gift or a card to us and we were always touched. Just because people are paid for their jobs it doesn't mean that they also put themselves into them. I think good Ts try to understand why clients give them gifts. Exploring that can be a part of therapy.




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