As my workday came to a close, I was doing the usual bookkeeping with collected fees and copays . I came across a check that gave me pause. It was written by a longtime client.
It was written out to, "Burger King."
And I have to say, I was stumped.
Was this an example of transference? What might this client have been projecting onto me, exactly?
And what is the appropriate therapist response? The fact that I, upon reading it, immediately felt a craving for a charbroiled hamburger, could smell it even, says what about the therapeutic alliance, exactly? What counter transference issue was at play?
Interpret amongst yerselves.