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My patient came into the room and threw herself into the seat by the customary box of tissues. “I think there’s something wrong with my legs,” she said. She stretched her legs out in front of her so I had to look at them. “There isn’t,” I wanted to say, but didn’t. “Sometimes they feel tingly and numb. But it might be in my head,” she said.

I have been seeing her for more than a year now as part of my two-year training to become a psychotherapist. In our early sessions she used to stamp her feet up and…

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