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Tina pulled into the parking lot that was identified as her destination on her GPS. She parked and looked at the clock on her dashboard, realizing she was 30 minutes early for her appointment. Tina sat in thought, recalling how Nat was great when Tina explained what she needed and how she understood Tina’s request for confidentiality. Nat was able to give her a referral to a psychologist specializing in treating adults with childhood trauma. Alice had spoken of Nat’s sensitivity and stability and Tina saw it. Nat had already shown her ability to manage the often impulsive behaviors of Alice. Nat’s background as a therapist gave her a natural patience that any partner of Alice’s needed. Tina had hoped Nat could give her some direction on her quest to resolve long unaddressed issues from her childhood that seem to be the reason for on going difficulties in her close relationships. When Alice first got involved with Nat, she shared with Tina her experience of Nat as gentle, understanding and supportive, especially when Alice started talking about her painful breakup with Tasha. Tina was hoping that Nat’s sensitivity would help her not to be quick to judge her and the mess Tina has made with her family, as she could see Nat becoming a good friend.
Tina looked at the clock, took a deep breath and said to herself, ”here we go.”
Tina walked up to the reception desk and checked in. She was given a stack of papers to fill out, typical of having a new doctor. Just as she was finishing up, a tall brunette woman about Tina’s age walked up to her and said, ”Hi, I’m Dr. Kathy Cron, you must be Tina Kennard?” She reached out her hand and gave a reassuring smile. Tina nodded as she stood up and took the doctor’s hand. ”Nat called and told me to expect you. I’m glad you decided to come. I understand how hard it can be to take the first steps,” she said as she lead Tina to her office.
An hour later Tina emerged from the office building unsure what to make of her first session with Dr. Cron. She had been in therapy before, so she had a running idea of how things should go. Dr. Cron put Tina at ease very quickly and the doctor settle her mind enough that she was able to give Dr. Cron an idea of what brought Tina to see her. Tina had a sense from how Dr. Cron approached the session, that this would be a different experience for her, and hopefully one that could help her resolve some things that have impacted her entire life.