In a reckoning that has been grounds for criticism and professional scrutiny, psychotherapist Dr. Ronda Aaronson never says anything funny enough for her patients to tweet.
“I guess I didn’t really notice it until I was three or four sessions in,” says a patient who prefers to remain anonymous. “I quickly had a breakthrough about a repressed childhood memory, and I think being caught up in that delayed me from seeing that Dr. Aaronson is always asking somber questions to flesh out how I’m feeling, and never really saying anything funny or sassy.”
“Sometimes when you’re just going through an experience you don’t stop to ask yourself if things are how they should be, or how they have to be,” adds the source. “Dr. Aaronson taught me that. And I used that lesson to realize that she should be saying pithier, or at least quippier responses to my emotional problems.”
And it’s not just one patient who’s taken notice of Dr. Aaronson’s deficiency: Anita Bart says she first noticed something might be amiss as she was scrolling through Twitter before a session.
“I kept seeing tweets that featured quotes or anecdotes from therapy,” says Bart. “It suddenly seemed like everyone was getting constantly owned by their mental health counselor except for me.”
“And these weren’t just random tweets, they were viral tweets,” Bart continues. “Should I really be spending money on a doctor who’s not enabling my Internet fame? I thought therapy was supposed to be about self-improvement, but my brand has seen virtually no growth since starting with Dr. Aaronson.”
The testimony against Dr. Aaronson’s professional capability is damning, however, the doctor appears unfazed and unchanged by what her patients have to say on the matter.
“Giving my patients Twitter content is actually not my job,” says the ‘doctor’. “And while I certainly don’t condemn joking about therapy, it’s not a bad thing to process sessions more privately.”
“Also, I’ve seen some of those therapist tweets,” Dr. Aaronson adds. “And frankly, a lot of them sound made up to me.”
A shocking deflection from a likely illegitimate mental health charlatan.