Her therapist nodded, eyebrows raised.
“I mean, I’ve been seeing you for five months and all you say to me is ‘how does that make you feel?’” Susie continued, pushing her bangs away from her eyes. “Yet in the class I attended on a whim, I discovered things I never knew about myself!”
The therapist straightened in her high-backed chair. “Well, Susie,” Dr. Walters began, “how does that make you feel?”
Susie stood up in the well-appointed room, walls covered with bookcases filled with important looking tomes entitled The Petulant Client in the ‘Me-First’ Age and How to Fertilize the Mind of a Reluctant Learner.
Mumbling to herself, Susie faced Dr. Walters. “To be honest, it makes me feel as if you’re wasting my money.” Susie noticed that Dr. Walters blushed. Feeling powerful for once in her life, Susie asked her therapist, “How does that make you feel, Dr. Walters?”
The middle-aged woman, dressed in a gray business suit festooned with a silk burgundy blouse, steepled her fingers together. “I’m feeling that you have made a breakthrough!” Dr. Walters pushed her chair closer in to her imposing desk and began to write on a medical pad.
“What are you doing?” Susie asked, surprise and worry in her voice.
“I’m writing you a prescription,” the doctor replied as cool as a cucumber salted with success.
“I thought you don’t believe in meds,” Susie protested.
Dr. Walters ripped the sheet off the pad and handed it to her patient. “I don’t.”
Dr. Nina Walters smiled knowingly and added, “You discovered a secret most of us therapists don’t share. Now, go and write your stories.”