CLOCKS, TIME, NEEDS
So… an interesting topic came up as a result of my Not-Quite-Annual Client Satisfaction Survey… the topic of a clock in my office.
A few people indicated that they would find it helpful to have one so they would know how much time was left in the session. I was surprised and created a quick survey in the last newsletter and more than 60% of people would like a clock in the treatment room. I was surprised, for a few reasons.
First, I thought that people would enjoy a break from the hamster wheel of “What time is it?” “How much time do I have left?” “Is it enough time?”
“Second” is a bit more complicated. One of the benefits of therapy is a safe place to practice new skills such as asking for what one needs, a way to tell time for example. Or, a five minute warning before the session ends.
I will install a clock after I write this blog, once I find it, I did order one… I encourage you to speak your needs, in my office and in other relationships. If you don’t like having a clock in the office feel free to ask me to turn it over. I will gladly oblige. People can’t meet your needs if they don’t know what they are. Practice. Often.