Psycho-Babble Psychology Thread 793987

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How you know you've been in therapy too long

Posted by DAisym on November 8, 2007, at 20:23:40

I was waiting for my therapist today and one of the other therapists came into the waiting room on her way out. We always say hi to one-another. I joked with her a little about being allowed out in the real world - therapists were supposed to live in their offices with hot plates and murphy beds. She laughed and told me all about her daughter who is a teacher and the little kids say the same thing to her.

My therapist came down the stairs right about then as we were laughing, looking puzzled. As we went upstairs I teased him that I was just going to show up and whoever was here would see me - I'm such a consistent fixture in the building now. Other clients for other therapists show up for a while at "my" time and then they are gone again. It is just me -- for years and years and years. I wonder what the other therapists think?

Anyone else talk to the other people in the building/office?

 

Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long DAisym

Posted by Tamar on November 8, 2007, at 20:42:26

In reply to How you know you've been in therapy too long, posted by DAisym on November 8, 2007, at 20:23:40

Yeah, I talk to the other people in the building. My therapist shares the building with other healthcare professionals so there are all kinds of people there when I arrive. Sometimes kids who have toys and let me play too. That's always fun (and my therapist is *always* late...)

And there's a secretary I always talk to. One week my husband came to pick me up and the kids all got out of the car. And just at that moment the secretary was leaving the building to go home, so she met my kids. The next week my therapist said, "D was telling me how nice your children are." That was good to hear!

 

Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long

Posted by Phillipa on November 8, 2007, at 21:27:28

In reply to Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long DAisym, posted by Tamar on November 8, 2007, at 20:42:26

I talk to everyone in doctors offices, stores, nurses, doctors, can't you tell I like to babble. Phillipa

 

Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long DAisym

Posted by RealMe on November 8, 2007, at 23:49:19

In reply to How you know you've been in therapy too long, posted by DAisym on November 8, 2007, at 20:23:40

No one else is around in his office when I go to see my T. He runs a program, and so there ar a number of therapists (full time). He sees private practive patients all before 9:00 a.m. and so he doesn't have many as he sees most people I think more than once per week. I am the first patient of the day on the days I go to see him. There is usually not another soul around at 6:45 a.m. When I leave, sometimes the secretary is there and his next patient is there waiting and always stares at me. I hate that as usually lately I am always coming out having cried.

RealMe

 

Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long DAisym

Posted by fallsfall on November 9, 2007, at 8:47:37

In reply to How you know you've been in therapy too long, posted by DAisym on November 8, 2007, at 20:23:40

The therapist in the office next to my therapist often brings her labradoodle with her. The dog and I are getting to be good friends. And the therapist says hi when she goes through the waiting room. She also knows that I'm not her patient if she has a new person coming. She used to be my therapist's backup when he went away, but recently he's been leaving someone else in charge. I wish he would leave her in charge 'cause I'd like to have a session with her dog.

I used to be good friends with the receptionist at my old therapist's office. I think that we should see it as a positive thing that we can establish relationships with people who we see casually on a regular basis.

 

Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long

Posted by annierose on November 9, 2007, at 12:30:38

In reply to How you know you've been in therapy too long, posted by DAisym on November 8, 2007, at 20:23:40

I'm guessing the other therapist is thinking, "Boy I wish I had her for a client. She's on-time, friendly and has established a lasting therapeutic relationship with Dr. XYZ". My t told me that a lot of people can't stick with the process long enough to feel what I feel about the process. Also, when you come more than once a week, you get to know the office climate.

Outside my therapist's office (as in outdoors) there is always a small collection of people smoking. The regulars and I chat about the weather as I make a passing comment.

 

Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long

Posted by Daisym on November 9, 2007, at 23:58:18

In reply to Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long, posted by annierose on November 9, 2007, at 12:30:38

The flip side -- my therapist called me at my office today to check in. We have a new receptionist. I heard her say "I'm sorry...(name) who? What company are you with?" My assistant says, "OH - put him through. It's personal and he's important." And then she walked over and pulled my door shut.

I definately have been in therapy too long.

 

Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long Daisym

Posted by fallsfall on November 10, 2007, at 7:44:04

In reply to Re: How you know you've been in therapy too long, posted by Daisym on November 9, 2007, at 23:58:18

All that says is that you have a good assistant!

What I'm curious about is why you chose "How you know you've been in therapy too long" for the subject of this post.

What you are talking about here is becoming part of an environment - a community. Why is that a bad thing?


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