Dear Dr. Al,
At my internship there is a woman who does all of the intakes. She also staffs the clients during meetings. Her tone and ways of responding to people as well as constantly cutting them off is rude and unprofessional. Do I say something? I feel she is disrespectful to all.
Concerned Counseling Intern.
If this is true, the question becomes: Who will bell the cat? It is evident, because of the job that she performs, that this woman has been there for a while.
Given that truth, I would suggest that her abrasive posture is/has been well known within the institution. Given that truth, and given that she is not only still there, but holds that position, it suggests that this behavior is tolerated – encouraged if only because it has not been stopped.
If all this is true – nobody says anything, they are there longer than you, she has not been chastised…..then why would you jeopardize your job, your potential for future employment, and your clients’ access to good treatment by pulling a sword and fighting a windmill???
I understand your emotions, but you need to be in a stronger position before you go fighting windmills.