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Therapy Session

Another attempt at a fictional piece

By Rene PetersPublished 4 months ago 2 min read
Therapy Session
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This attempt was inspired by a "Writer's Boot Camp" task called "Cross Boundaries." I'm not sharing the rest of the details from the card until the end, if I choose to at all.

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I walked into the office, as I did every Thursday in the late morning, for my normal weekly therapy session with Thomas. He was the one person I trusted. He always listened without judging and gave great advice without sharing too much from his life. This session was different though. What happened was very unexpected.

"So, what would you like to focus on for today's session?" He asked me with a curious tone.

"Hmm... I guess I could use help with my family dynamic. They don't understand my anxiety about life at all."

"Well, what are you most anxious about?"

After thinking for a minute, I said, "I'm not quite sure. I guess just... everything?"

"I definitely understand what you mean. I'm anxious from some major life changes. I'm getting a divorce and moving to another state in a few months." He said, seemingly out of nowhere. "That reminds me, when I move, insurance won't cover you seeing me anymore."

I had anger bubbling inside of me. "When were you going to tell me I couldn't see you anymore? At our last appointment?" I yelled at him from my chair, ignoring the fact that he said he was getting divorced. I didn't care enough to apologize to him about it.

"Do you need help finding a new therapist?"

"No. My psychiatrist cares more than you so I'll just ask her for a referral."

"Would you like me to talk to the new therapist so you don't have to repeat your story? It's called a warm hand off where we talk and I tell them what you have worked on with me," Thomas asked, looking concerned about how mad I became at him.

"No. Like I said, she cares more than you do. If you cared, you would have given me more of a warning," I said as I started to angry cry.

We talked the entire 50 minutes about how pissed I was at him for not telling me. I knew it would be months before I got an intake appointment with the new therapist.

Luckily, seeing the new therapist started right as my last session with Thomas happened. He seemed nice when we first met but I have a huge fear of telling him the truth about everything.

"What if he judges me?" Ran through my mind at every session.

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The prompt was about a therapist crossing boundaries and with my experience, I think having them talk about their personal definitely crosses that line in some circumstances.

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About the Creator

Rene Peters

I write what I know, usually in the form of poetry. I tend to lean towards mental health, epilepsy, and loss/grieving.

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  • Grz Colm2 months ago

    Nice work Renee. I like a good therapist story real or not! 😊👍

  • Excellent job René. You are really developing as a writer!

  • Is that crossing boundaries though? I mean, I really don't know, and that why I'm asking. That fear of being judged was so relatable! Loved your story!

  • Loved this story. The ending was unexpected. What if the new therapist judges you question was understanable. I have a therapist in real life. Changing can be extremely stressful. I have been there and it always turn out to be positive. I try to not stress out the therapist or overwhelm them with my life history. ha ha ha..

  • Mother Combs4 months ago

    Great story. The characters seemed so real

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