A psychologist recalls having a client who was going through a painful relationship breakup – just as she had experienced a similar loss

Many years ago, when I was a newly qualified clinical psychologist, I went through a painful break up with a boyfriend. Seemingly out of the blue, it was over. I hadn’t seen it coming. I was reeling – and in that week, it was sheer force of will that got me out of bed and into work.

Then in walked Annie for her first session. I distinctly remember that first sight of her as she strode purposefully into the office. I clocked her knee-length boots, her natty turquoise jacket and stylish silver bracelet. “I was early, so I bought this in the bookshop,” she said, waving a paperback. “I’ve been wanting to read it for ages.”

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