Everyday Work

Posted June 5, 2023, 8:09 p.m. by Lieutenant Tandra Mika (Chief Mental Health Officer) (Lucas Foxley)

Posted by Lieutenant Séan Iven (Counselor) in Everyday Work

Posted by Lieutenant Tandra Mika (Chief Mental Health Officer) in Everyday Work

Posted by Lieutenant Séan Iven (Counselor) in Everyday Work
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A few days after Séan’s first day, Mika arrived at the hospital at 0700. She liked starring that early, it gave her time to review her schedule and work on paperwork and other tasks. She liked to start her appointments with patients in the later morning and afternoon, that gave her time to wake up a little and be really ready to listen and think.

Opening her office with a thermos of herbal tea in one hand and a PaDD in the other, she sat at her desk, set up the PaDD and set to work. There were requests to review, cases to review and assign, Starfleet paperwork to do and a few other tasks she wouldn’t have time for between appointments later in the day.

~ Mika, CNS

A half hour later Séan arrived at his own office after he had finished his morning routine. He sat at his desk after replicating a hot cup of coffee and began reading through reports and the other minutia related to the job. He was about ten minutes in when he read something that gave him a question.

With coffee and PaDD in hand he made his way to Mika’s office, knocked to announce his presence, then entered. “Hey, do you have a second?”

Counselor Iven

Mika looked up from what she was doing, nodded, and then gestured him in. “What’cha need?” She asked with a friendly smile.

~ Mika, CNS

Séan closed the door behind him. “So this is a little awkward for me to bring up but I need to anyway. A crewmember from my last posting has sent me a mail asking if I’d be willing to do a sort of virtual counseling session with him. He wasn’t formally my patient during my time aboard but in passing we’d had conversations that tended to be off the clock counseling. It really is hard to shut that part of myself off. Anyway, I don’t necessarily want to step on the Chief of Psychiatry’s toes but he and I have been a bit of a rapport and I’m not sure if he would seek them out even if prompted to do so. Do you have any thoughts?”

Counselor Iven

Mika blanched. She was quiet a moment, processing. “Your posting a year and a half ago? The Ogawa? And this person is contacting you now? Why?” She was.... somehow unsurprised he’d been doing.... off the clock sessions for someone. And that made the situation… weirder? This person wasn’t even formally a patient. This was the sort of thing Mika would want to ask someone else.

~ Mika

Séan felt that might be a misunderstanding when he said off the clock, so he tried to clarify. “I don’t mean off the clock like something arranged because at that point they may as well have come in to my office. One such situation was going to the lounge, drinking some tea, play some cards while off duty and them just talking. Like the other night when you and I went for a walk and we were just talking.” He pointed at the chair in front of Mika’s desk to nonverbally ask if he could sit.

Counselor Iven

Mika nodded and gestured to the seat, silently offering it to him. “No, I understood that. Umm… How urgent is this case? Is he a risk to himself or his ship? Why wouldn’t he see the Chief of Psychiatry there? Do you want to see him virtually?” They were slammed with their own cases here.

~ Mika, CNS

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