I am shopping for a therapist and came across someone who might be a good fit based on their background and knowledge. I wrote to her and asked if she is taking new patients, using her first name off the website. She wrote back offering me a 10 minute consult to “see if we are a good fit.” She signed her name - Dr. _____. I had a reaction to this. I felt like she was correcting me - call me doctor. I also was reminded of all of the bad power dynamics I’ve experienced with the mental health system in my past, including this top-down - I’m the expert, you are the patient approach. In the past, that hasn’t worked for me. I love Rick’s coaching and Thriving Now and this community we-space because it feels like co-creating. It reminds me of my power and we get to co-exist as equals, sharing, supporting. I am scared about entering into a therapeutic relationship with someone who insists on being called doctor. Makes me want to say - call me Attorney. LOL. Maybe I am over-reacting and should give her a shot. She might be great to work with. Would love any thoughts, feedback, or support from you all. Thanks!
Dru (aka, Dru)