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Re: phone call policies

Posted by peddidle on July 10, 2007, at 19:04:32

In reply to phone call policies, posted by redhouse on July 10, 2007, at 10:40:24

There have been a couple of sessions when my T could tell I was really worried about becoming excessively anxious about an exam or something the next day. Each time, she's said to call her if I was really freaked out, but she kind of said it as an after-thought. I've only called her at her office one time when she specifically gave me the number and told me to call. She didn't answer, but I also called about 40min late, so I left her a voicemail. There was one other time recently when she asked if I still had her office number and to call if I needed to talk to her (or if I needed her to talk to me). For me, though, I think not calling has to do with some kind of social anxiety-- even though I've known her for a while, the idea of talking to her on the phone seems weird, so email is better for me. She actually encourages me to email her, and thanks me when I do. I just remembered there was one other time I called her: she responded to an email and said that she wanted to help me with something, but didn't want to do it over email.

If your T said that she would let you know when you've crossed the "line", then I think it means she's at least open to phone calls, when necessary, and realizes that you may need her contact her between sessions. My advice is if you think you need to call, call.




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