With Syren's support, Marlin made her first appointment with the same psychologist Quinn recently started seeing. As promised, Syren has escorted Marlin for her first appointment. She is sitting in the reception area while Marlin has been taken into the psychologist's office and asked to have a seat.
Marlin (to herself): Those are some nice sayings. I wonder if those are mantras I'll need to repeat, like for positive reinforcement. Nice office too, but so simple. Oh! And this sofa is nice. I wonder if I'll need to lie back on it. I hope that's just a cliché.
Marlin sits down, wondering what she and the psychiatrist will talk about. After a few minutes, the door opens and in walks the psychiatrist, a tall beautiful woman with big curly hair. She smiles as she walks over to Marlin to introduce herself.
Yulie: Hello, I'm Dr. Yulie McNeil. It's nice to meet you, Marlin.
Marlin: Hello. It's nice to meet you too. You're beautiful!
Yulie: Thank you. That's very kind of you. How are you today?
Marlin: I'm okay. Just a little nervous.
Yulie: You don't have to be nervous with me. There is no judgment here and you cannot say anything wrong. So, I'll have a seat and we'll talk.
Yulie has a seat.
Marlin: Yes, I know I need help. My friend, Syren, helped me realize I need it, which proves I'm open to listening. I do hope you can help me.
Yulie: Good. I will certainly do my best. Let's start by your telling me about yourself and why you're here. What are you hoping to get out of meeting with me?
Yulie: I just want to be clear on a couple of things. You want to get married, which is absolutely okay for you to want, but you don't have a prospective husband, but are looking for one. Correct?
Yulie: You also dated someone twice and believe it was a break up on the second date, correct?
Marlin: Oh, she definitely insisted and still does. She asks me all the time why I'm taking so long and if I'm not making an effort. I keep telling her I'm trying. She wasn't too happy when I ruined my chances with Parker.
Yulie: Is Parker the gentleman you just told me about who no longer wanted to purse a relationship after the second date.
Marlin: During the date and yes. That's him.
Marlin: Yes, I told him and I let him know I'd like to have children. I told him on our first date so he'd know I was open and ready.
Yulie: I see. Marlin, from what I'm hearing, we may need to work on your ability to stop focusing on marriage and start focusing on yourself. Many men tend to be drawn to women who are strong alone and women who let them lead the chase. It can be scary if a woman seems desperate. I'm not saying you should not let a man know what you'd like eventually. You should not waste your time if you are not both going in the same direction. However, timing is everything. That is something we can work on, as well as the pressure from your mother and finding ways to channel your energy toward yourself.
Yulie: You will be able to do that, but also get them into your heart and your behaviors. We have several things to review and discuss, but these things take time. So as we move along in sessions, if you would like to continue meeting with me, we can work on things bit by bit. Are you okay with that?
Marlin: Yes, absolutely. I feel like just having this conversation is helping.
Yulie: I'm glad you have found our conversation helpful. Our time today has come to an end, but I would like you to make your next two appointments with my assistant. We'll pick up where we left off today.
Marlin: Okay. Thank you.
Yulie stands up and so does Marlin.
Marlin: I'm happy with that. Thank you so much.
Yulie takes Marlin to her assistant's desk and asks her to make appointments. Marlin does so and then she and Syren, who can hardly wait to see how things went, leave Dr. McNeil's office.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye