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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

5 Things You Don't Know About Your Therapist

6:41 PM Posted by Stephanie Horgan ,
In the spirit of getting back into blogging, I am going to be using some prompts, as I have noticed one of my biggest barriers to sitting down to write, is feeling like I have nothing to write about. Today, I am choosing to disclose five things you don't know about me. As Tiffany as said in a past blog post, therapists and clients have a unique relationship, where professional boundaries are important, and much thought should be given before sharing. Typically the client does most of the sharing in the therapeutic relationship, although tonight its my turn.   So sit back, I have a lot of pent up sharing that I don't get to do :)

1) Back when I was a special education teacher, I was bit by one of my students...in the stomach. He went in for a hug, knowing I would be so happy he was showing emotion for once, and then latched onto my midsection...with his teeth. His teeth weren't just any set of teeth, he was armed with a double row of baby teeth on the bottom. Why, you ask? I don't know; perhaps just for this occasion.

2) I am still close with multiple friends from grade school. I am learning as I grow older just what a feat this is. As the seasons of life change, friendships change with them, and I am proud and grateful for the people I still keep in touch with. There is deep value to having people in your life that have known you and your family for decades.

3) I didn't eat cheese until a few years ago; now I eat it daily. Growing up, I hated the texture of cheese- it was cold, rubbery, and just plain gross. The only mac and cheese I would tolerate came from Kraft. Then one day, I decided to give it a try again, after much prompting from friends, and found I liked cheese! Its hard to go a day without it and it reminds me how my tastes and preferences change over time.

4) I'm part of a monthly cooking club with a bunch of other non-therapists. Its a chance to try a new recipe each month, and devour what everyone else has made, according to the night's theme. The most recent theme was Chinese New Year, and I attempted Honey Chicken, which actually turned out!

5) I backpacked Europe after high school for a semester. I was with a friend and visited about 10 different countries, which was exactly what I needed at that point. College came once I got back, but having that gap helped me explore, become independent, and grow up into the person I am today. I would post an actual incriminating photo, but my scanner is broken.

So there you have it...5 things you didn't know before reading this entry. There may be more where this came from. Hope you enjoyed!