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When clients bring their own drink to sessions; what is happening?

October 16, 2010

More and more clients seems comfortable to bring their own drinks to sessions. Often water, sometimes juice drinks and thankfully, hardly ever coffee. I doubt this behavious would have passed muster in the golden age of depth psychology – I cannot imagine that Mrs Klein would have allowed a client in her room with a drink without interpreting such corruscating envy that said client would have struggled to drink any liquids at all for weeks without thinking of saggy psychoanalyst’s breasts. Even these days, I would not think for a moment of taking a drink into a session with my analyst. But then approaches vary – Winnicott provided tea and biscuits for one poverty-stricken client, whereas one therapist I know doesn’t even provide a wastepaper basket for used tissues. What are your thoughts?


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