Jeff Levy, LCSW
Mental Health, Relationships, Trauma, Identity
Jeff Levy, LCSW
(originally posted on Branching Out: The Live Oak Blog, July 2014)
Over the weekend I was cleaning my basement and found one of my appointment books from 10 years ago. I have a history of saving these as a way to chronicle the year and to keep track of phone calls and messages I need to return. Back then, when I received a voice mail, I would write down the message and phone number on the date the person called to be sure I would call back as soon as possible.
There were up to 8-10 phone messages in a day sometimes. Then I looked at my appointment book for 2014 (and yes, I still keep a paper appointment book). I noticed that at most, I have 2-3 phone messages per week! I’m not seeing fewer clients now than I was 10 years ago, but the way my clients communicate with me has changed dramatically.
Jeff Levy, LCSW
(originally posted on Branching Out: The Live Oak Blog, March 2014)
I am a therapist. I am white. I am a man. I am a little beyond middle aged. I am in a relationship. I am organized. I like the color blue. I like plants. I like dogs. I like turning flea market finds into useful furniture. I have a bad back. I am Jewish. I am busy.
Knowing Without Telling
Why am I telling you all of these things about me? Why would I begin with these statements about myself? I share these before you know anything else about this blog because these are self-disclosures—and my clients know many, if not all, of these things about me while making a first appointment and/or within a few minutes of sitting with me. In looking at me, my office, and through the process of scheduling a first appointment, I have “disclosed” an incredible amount of information about myself.
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