Alex Ray was shocked when, following a particularly vulnerable moment with their friend Sam Turner, Turner concluded the conversation by asking if Ray would be paying with insurance or out of pocket.
“I thought it was a little weird that she put on glasses and took notes during my rants, but I didn’t give it a second thought until last Tuesday she pulled the DSM-5 out of her tote bag;’ Ray stated.
Given limited availability of affordable and reliable mental health services for young people, Ray admits that it was “not uncommon” for their rants to veer a little into a gray area in terms of what is safe and appropriate to share with a friend. This did not go unnoticed by Turner.
“I realize that people really don’t hold back with me, emotionally. It gets exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, I love when friends confide in me, and I think I’m pretty good at giving advice. But I started loving being told about a friend’s childhood trauma a whole lot more once I was getting paid, too.” Turner went on to describe in detail their struggles on a tight budget, and the meticulous care they put into every hangout with friends, regardless of whether a session comes out of it.
Turner currently accepts payments via Venmo, Cashapp, Paypal, and select insurance companies, and can be reached on Snapchat, @turnerrround.