I've just recently started telling my clients and co-workers about the pregnancy, and so far there's been a very mixed reaction. I decided that second trimester was far enough along to tell and that they needed to know since it will affect their treatment.
I don't know what I'm thinking expecting sane behavior from the mentally ill...but I decided to share with you guys because it made me laugh :-)
Client #1: This girl acted like I have been her BFF for E (best friend for ever) after I told her the news. She lept out of her chair, hugged me, and cried like this was the BEST NEWS EVER. Mind you, we've only had about 4 sessions together and I doubt she could actually tell me my last name...can we say narcissism?
Client #2: This guy gives me a petrified look and goes, "You're going to leave me....??" My reaction, "Uh...yes, for a short time at least as I take maternity leave but that is still many months away. You will be referred to one of the other therapists in case you need to talk with someone while I am away." Guy: "But you will come back to me right...??" Me: "Ummm...you do know that this is not a breakup or anything...I think you're taking it a tad too personal."
Client #3: *Who happened to find out from client #1...grrr...gossiping clients* Client: "Why did you tell her first??? We've known each other longer and you decided to tell her first??? I just don't understand why you wouldn't tell me."
At this point in my day I gave up telling clients. Three is a good number in one day. Maybe tomorrow I'll try again. Check back for updates or feel free to start guessing diagnoses. It could be a fun game ;-)