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My supervisor—a senior training therapist who helps me with my patients—crossed her ankles and adjusted her glasses. I was reading out an account of one particular session. I was exhausted all over again just remembering it—what the patient had been wearing (bright things), how she’d started (loudly), what she’d said (a lot), what I’d said (nothing useful), what I’d felt (help!), what I wished I’d said but didn’t think of (still haven’t) and everything else I could cram on to the page immediately afterwards, hunched scribbling over the desk in the institutional consulting room (quickly, before I forget).

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