How often do you put up with something before you leave? How long do you let something go before you complain about it? What level do you complain to someone high up?
The scenario. I had a client call the EAP over four months from the visit. They alleged that I spent the entire session on the phone. Who would sit in a session for an hour while someone was on the phone? Why wait four months to complain about it? The whole thing of suspect from the beginning. My word against hers. I have answered the phone during a session, but I usually do not. After hours you don’t have a secretary, and a client could be in crisis. The next client could be calling for directions.
So now I hang in the balance and could be kicked off the panel on the word of one person. I even sent a letter to her about why I hadn’t seen her in awhile. Why would I do that if I had been on the phone for an hour?
I shouldn’t let this bother me. My practice has seen almost 128 clients in a year with no compalints. 128 vs. 1. Do counselors get the benefit of the doubt?
I finally have started my novel on my career as a therapist. I will post exercpts from time to time and hope you will critique it. I will try to be as honest as possible without giving away any client privledged information. I also will shed light on various diagnosis, failed treatments, modalities. I hope to have me grow as a person and learn as I write. Many people go into this field wanting to save the world. They have no clue. The textbooks do not tell you about assessments in the hood, walking the park to engage the homeless, going into homes to look after children, watching people detox, doing therapy in a soup kitchen and jail. It is a journey for me and for my clients. I also apologize to my first clients that I learned with and hope they got better anyway.
And don’t get me started on insurance billing. They don’t touch that.
Diane Webb fellow blogger suggests using each letter of the alphabet to list something you are grateful for right now. My list.
B- Bella and Be Be my dogs and Beverly my daughter
D- David my Dad and David my husband ( 2 people)
F- French fried
H- the Hauers my new family
I- ice cream (duh)
N- noise (it means I can hear)
O- oolong tea
U- universal love
V-Virginia my state
X- extraordinary life
Y- yarn to knit
Z- zest for living
You try it.