If you’ve been asked out by a therapist, don’t run away just because you assume you’ll be overanalyzed and judged on your date. Therapists can be great romantic partners. Give therapy a chance.
Fifteen reasons to date a therapist:
1. Therapists are great listeners, and intentionally do so without judgement.
2. Therapists keep secrets. If you’re looking for someone trustworthy, a therapist is trained in confidentiality.
3. Therapists offer good advice and can help you make wise choices if you’re looking for input into a difficult situation.
4. Therapists are compassionate.
5. A lot of people are in therapy. If your date is good at what he/she does, he/she has job security.
6. Therapists are acutely aware of emotional needs and the human condition. It’s safe to be vulnerable around them.
7. Therapists want to see positive change take place and are proactive when it comes to problem-solving.
8. Therapists are good communicators. Not only do they listen well, they help people acknowledge their own weaknesses and make healthy decisions. Game-playing and cryptic comments won’t help clients, so neither are part of their communication arsenal.
9. Therapists have seen and heard it all. Your date will not be intimidated by your crazy family.
10. Therapists might seem like intimidating dates, but they aren’t holier-than-thou. Rather, therapists are aware of their own weaknesses, insecurities and shortcomings. You’ll soon realize that your therapist significant other could be just as confused as you are at times.
11. Therapists are safe and consistent. When other people have crises, they call your date for wisdom, stability and security. Others trust that he/she will be there for them even when they make poor choices or little progress.
12. Therapists are interesting. Instead of small talk about the weather, your date can offer interesting facts and tidbits about human behavior. Even while keeping cases confidential, therapists still have plenty of entertaining stories to share.
13. Therapists at work aren’t necessarily therapists at home. Don’t assume that a therapist is going to act or respond a certain way at home because of what he/she does for a living. Even the best therapists can neglect to make wise decisions during off hours. If you’re paranoid about getting analyzed during every fight, you may be surprised to find your date uninterested in using psychobabble outside the office.
14. Therapists are available to those who need them. Your date will understand that in certain situations, it’s important to always be available. While this may be annoying for therapists’ partners, it’s encouraging to know that your therapist date is prepared to drop everything for you when times get tough.
15. Therapists are emotionally strong. They help clients process heartbreaking stories all the time. If you need a shoulder to cry on, your partner will be capable of sharing the burden.
What would be your reason to date a therapist?