How much time do you schedule in between client sessions?
Most mental health professionals schedule 10-15 minutes in between sessions. That means we have 10-15 minutes to complete paperwork from the previous client, answer quick email or text questions that require answering, make coffee/tea or fill our water bottle, EAT, and take a damn bathroom break.
10-15 minutes isn’t always enough to do all those things, so sometimes one thing gets skipped. So when sitting down for the next session thinking ‘I’m good’ quickly turns into, ‘Shit, I really have to pee’ means you have skipped the wrong thing.
UGH!!! Son of a….
And it always happens when the particular client you are talking to is on a really good emotional vomiting moment. That’s a particular moment a mental health professional hates to interrupt. So you hold it; as long as is humanly possible. Waiting for a natural pause in the conversation….that never seems to come on these days.
Has this happened to you?