(and want to keep your clientele)
(this coming from personal experience)
1. Do not wear plaid one-size-fits-all dresses AND Napoleon Dynamite moon-boots. Especially in the summer.
2. Do not draw fat people on your white board when experimenting with Exposure Therapy.
3. Stuffed moose in your office that occupy an entire rocking chair and are bigger than me are smelly and creepy and intimidating. What are you, four?
4. Don’t take calls from your kids in the middle of session. Do not hash out the fight between your kids involving mowing the lawn and piano lessons and if you don’t do it you can’t go play at your friends listen to your mother!
5. Do not tell me that I need to sit through my feelings. Pish WHAT IS UP with that?
6. Oh and also don’t set a timer that DINGS! when the 60 minutes are up. I understand the need to be aware of the time, but please, do so discreetly.
7. Don’t tell your client that you were assigned to them because “…no one else wanted to deal with you.” Ouchies.
8. Try to ignore the urge to wear socks with Tivas.
9. Bitch Boots are scary. But they’re kinda cute; hey, I’ve got a couple pair! But don’t wear them EVERYDAY because it’s a proven fact that stilettos, when worn on a kinda-haughty-by-nature person, can make one seem unapproachable. And as a therapist, wouldn’t you find being approachable, you know, kind of an asset?
10. Don’t fire me. Seriously, guys, it’s getting old! Guys? Guys…?
Who else has got some to contribute? I want to hear your ideas and input!