I googled the Nurse Practitioner from yesterday out of a morbid curiosity.
Turns out that she’s also a “wellness living coach”.
Hence all the bromidery about “tell me one good thing” and “set some goals” and “what would you change about your life?”
I am sure that somewhere out there patients exist for whom such a thing is desperately needed. But as the wife of a man whith a graduate-level education in psychotherapy (a wife who helped him study on occasion) I know that meaningful therapy of that nature requires a degree of trust and transference.
You can’t just shake a hand and start sounding like one of those ickish paragraphs on the side of a Starbuck’s coffee cup.