Your therapist listens to you, watches you cry about that one summer at fat camp and knows just how much you hate your parents. He also touches your hair when you talk about your first sexual experience. Wait — what? Does your therapist have a crush on you?
Sadly, studies have shown that sharing your problems with a stranger makes them feel close to you, especially if you're attractive. Here are some ways to tell if your head shrinker is more interested in showing you than growing you…
1. He asks a lot of personal questions. It's normal for your therapist to want to know what makes you uncomfortable, but asking you if your thong hurts is a little different.
2. He can't stop talking about that one time in college. It was nothing. Just a little kiss with your best friend Stacy at a frat party. But for some reason your therapist thinks this event is worth spending a month discussing in detail while holding a notepad down on his lap.
3. He offers to make house calls. You just settled down on the couch with a glass of wine to watch 9 1/2 Weeks when your therapist calls. After you tell him what you're doing, he says he loves that movie. A lot. In fact, he wants to see it again. But he's not sure if it's a good idea for you to watch it alone. It's a little intense. He would be willing to come over and help you through it. He even has a nice pinot he could bring.
4. He asks you to lay down on the couch. The first time you went to see him there were just two chairs in his office. The next time, a sleek black leather chaise is in your chair's place. It cost several thousand dollars but you have to pay for quality, he tells you. It's a little awkward to lay on it in your skirt, but he says being horizontal increases the flow of blood to your brain, which is good for feelings.
5. He wants to sleep with you again. Seducing the therapist your parents make you go to is what they deserve for never being around and flirting with your boyfriends. This "therapist" should know it didn't mean anything. Don't they teach them that in school?
If you think your therapist has a crush on you, it's important to tell your parents. Especially your mother. Maybe she'll get competitive and take him off your hands. You've got more important things to deal with, like becoming a well-adjusted young woman.
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