Oh, the HORROR!
The other night, this 23-year-old client comes in for her regular appointment, and is clearly distraught.
She is grimacing, fighting back tears. "You know my best friend, Cindy?"
"Yes . . . what's happened?"
"Her fiance . . . he . . . got drunk and cheated on her . . . "
I am appropriately sympathetic to Cindy, and to my client's empathy for her. She goes on, "and that's not even the worst part . . . " sniff, wipe . . .
"It is the grossest thing I have ever heard . . . he . . . " wipe, sniff
"What did he do?"
"He had sex with a 45-year-old woman! Can you IMAGINE?!"
At this point, my therapeutic response was to:
A. Burst into tears
B. Laugh hysterically
C. Bitch slap the client
D. say, "I can see that's very distressing to you . . . tell me about that . . . "
I can't make this stuff up . . .