Coffee Therapy — the play

SCENE 3
In the therapist’s office, DARNELL sits rather close to DR. FREEBOCKER. She is young, attractive, alive, intelligent – and she has the noticeable facial tic.

FREEBOCKER
I’m afraid I’m not equipped to give you what you really need in this setting. For one, there isn’t the time since you will only be here another three months. Secondly, I only come to this clinic one day a week. But if you’d like to know what I honestly think, I’ll tell you.

DARNELL
entranced
What?

FREEBOCKER
You might not like what I have to say. But our time together is limited.

DARNELL
I want to know.

FREEBOCKER
You need proper analysis, on the couch, at least three days a week, for a number of years.

DARNELL
Then why not start now?

FREEBOCKER
Absolutely not. It’s impractical for you to become a private patient of mine. This is a free clinic and I’m only here one day a week. We can, on occasion – shall we say – ‘take a poke at the donkey’s tail together?’ But when you get home, you need the analysis. It’s the only way you’ll ever get well.

DARNELL
I’ll look into that.

FREEBOCKER
Your younger brother is the root of your problem. When he came along, you missed all the love and affection you were getting from your mummy. You became spoiled, jealous, and insecure – difficult, and…abnormal. You did say your brother was a sick child, didn’t you?

DARNELL
Well, you asked. It wasn’t that big a deal.

FREEBOCKER
Oh, not to be ashamed of. We all have our little fixations.
Her facial tic leaps into action.

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