Raise your hand if your therapist has ever terminated you.
Stand up if you were given no reason for the termination and no time to process it.
Continue to stand if your therapist gave you three referrals.
Raise your other hand if you feel more traumatized after therapy than before.
Clap twice if you were given the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Clap three times if your emotions were dismissed because of your diagnosis.
Clap four times if you’re female and considered “emotional.”
Spin around if your therapist did, in fact, abandon you.
Jump once for feeling okay about it and twice for not.
Touch your nose if your adverse childhood experience score is at least four.
Touch your toes if you have yearned all your life for parents to show up for you.
Write your name on the board for every time you were called worthless, a dumb a**, a baby, a sissy, or a waste of your parent’s time.
Write your last name if a police officer ever came to your childhood home.
Give me a wave if you didn’t feel loved by your parents.
Turn around if standing in front me right now to be further assessed gives you anxiety.
Give me a smile if you ever met the nice Child Protective Services lady.
Laugh if you’ve ever been told to, “Suck it up.”
Dance if you were told that you were meant to be seen but not heard.
Stomp your foot if you’ve experienced the stigma of Borderline Personality Disorder from a psychologist.
Hug yourself if you miss your therapist and continue to cry over this loss.
Raise your fist if you’re tired of the testimonial injustice.
Join me in yelling, “I deserve better treatment,” if this is your story.