Friday Fictioneers — Self-disclosure & How to Woo Your Clients


At the close of session one, the group therapist said, “Your task for the week is to construct a model that represents your state of mind.

Before you leave, I would like you to follow me out into the backyard to meet my creation: a long-necked reptile from the Triassic period, marooned on dry land and permanently chewing on junk to stop it chasing its tail.

Not only is this a good description of me when I worked for the National Health Service, but it demonstrates that the best psychotherapists are those who’ve personally experienced inner turmoil and identity problems.”


Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
Photo Prompt: image © Douglas M. MacIlroy

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

34 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Self-disclosure & How to Woo Your Clients”

  1. Love this!

    I can’t imagine what MY creation would look like! Indeed, I do agree the best therapists/coaches, etc, are the ones who’ve lived and survived! (I’d be a fabulous coach! 😉 )

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    1. I certainly observed people chasing their tails when they worked for the NHS, and the more they did this, the less productive they became. We once had a time and motion study carried out in the hospital when I was a second-year student nurse. Interestingly, some ward sisters had complained that I was slow doing my work. Butt they were in for a shock with the results of the study because ultimately I was quicker than the other staff due to getting things right the first time, rather than having to redo jobs done in too much of a hurry!

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  2. I’m not a therapist, but I have worked for the NHS and know the feeling, ha! Wow Sarah, this is a fabulous flash, and that photo…talk about inner turmoil and identity problems… xxx

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    1. The main problem I encountered while working for the NHS was change for the sake of it but not necessarily for the best, or it would have been for the best if backed up by proper funding. Successive governments have done and still are doing the same thing with education.
      Yes, Sherri, I don’t often get political on my blog, but feel strongly about both health and education. xxxx

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  3. Dear Sarah,

    Having received my “psych degree” from the couch, I relate to this piece so well. I do believe the some of best therapists are those who can relate to their patients’ struggles.

    When I was in therapy I did a lot of artwork to illustrate my feelings. It was a great way to get those emotions out in the open.

    There’s a lot of backstory between the lines of your flash fiction.

    Well done.



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    1. Dear Rochelle
      Although never on the couch for therapy, I came to work in psychiatry following an extremely bumpy ride in my own life, both on the emotional and physical front, so, yes, I’d like to think that this made me a far more empathetic nurse than those who came to work in the field straight from school and from an uncomplicated background.
      Thank you for sharing about your experience. As part of my training, I spent a couple of months in the Art Therapy Department and was very impressed with the positive results of the work they did there.
      All best wishes


    1. In other words, the therapist is no longer chasing his own tail (or her tail, whichever you like!), but instead chasing up defaulting clients and causing them more stress so they need more treatment, so he can chase them further!


    1. Thank you, Björn. …And then having felt it themselves, there’s the question of how much they self-disclose, as too much can be therapeutically counter-productive if not dangerous.


    1. Love to hear what you’re imagining, Margaret. And I agree, tail-chasing is a common feature in many workplaces, especially with all the additional bureaucracy that rules okay these days!


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