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'very' concerned about professionalism

Posted by friesandcoke on August 7, 2009, at 0:21:48

A poster here said I seem "very" concerned about professionalism regarding therapists. I really appreciate them reading all my posts to know that professionalism is very important to me. Being "very" concerned about professionalism serves me well because it protects me from sharing my self with people who other than having a license and a degree are no more qualified to treat me than I am to treat myself.
My concern doesn't trouble me though. I mean I don't find it get's in the way. It actually helps me weed out providers if that makes any sense. Maybe I seem like I am obsessive about professionalism. Maybe I am. But I do know that it really has come in handy in picking a therapist after interviewing several. And I do mean interviewing them. Going once and meeting them, etc. In my case, having a therapist I am interviewing take off their sandles and interview me in bare feet is unacceptable. But to many on this board, it seemed like to them it wouldn't be an issue. Having a therapist I am interviewing dressed like she just came in from gardening outside is to me unacceptable. Is professionalism in a therapist important to you? I can't define what I mean by "professionalism" because the person who said I am very concerned about it didn't define it. So I guess whatever it means to you is what it means. Wait a minute, to me professionalism means competent, respectful. Caring enough to portray a demeanor that radiates confidence in their ability as opposed to appearing to simply being someone who has shown up at work. A no nonsense attitude while at the same time being cordial and fun loving when the topic demands it.
Those are some of the things to me that define professional.




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