Over time I've noticed that some people have a hard time saying no when they don't want what I offer. I think it may be because they feel awkward or don't want to offend me or they think I'll take it personally. I know being congruent about when to say yes, no or maybe is a practice for everyone and can be difficult. However, with a service you are going to pay for you'd think it be easier for people to just say no when they don't want it. I'd much rather you say no than ignore me or say yes when you don't mean it. There are many therapists out there and it makes sense to find the one that is the best match for you because it will benefit you and the practitioner a lot more. It also saves time and energy to be clear. Personally, I appreciate it a lot more because then I can move on to finding other people.
I'm sure this is applicable to other parts of life. Say no as soon as you know it's a no. Say yes later if you feel like it. Maybe is ok also, just make sure to be congruent and transparent about your response. Be clear, set the boundary. Boom done, move on.
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