When I was 21 years old, I told my therapist about a guy I was dating. It turns out, they knew each other and had mutual friends. I didn't think much of it (the Jewish New York scene is pretty small), until the guy told me his friend's wife was having a birthday party. As we were driving there, I absentmindedly asked who his friend's wife was. It turned out to be none other than my therapist. Right away, I made an excuse to skip out.
At the time, I wasn't public about going to therapy and instead chose to hide it. But now I'm more open about my mental health and definitely wouldn't have the same reaction if I saw my therapist in public. I even follow my new therapist on Instagram and communicate with her via DM.
However, my response when I was 21 wasn't without reason. Turns out, it's a sentiment shared by many.
Keeping it separate
Therapy may not be taboo anymore, but patients still forget therapists have lives outside of their office. In a popular "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode, Larry David no longer feels comfortable going to his psychiatrist after he sees him wearing a thong at the beach. While it's rare