In general, you are correct. A therapist normally would not want to interrupt a a session with one client in order to take a call from another. However, a fair listener to this session would conclude, I think, that it was entirely focused on my client, even with the phone interruption, and that taking the call did not detract from the forward movement of the session. In fact, as soon as I put the phone down, I went right back to the point we had been working on, using the phone interruption to flesh out the discussion about pain.
I took the call because I could see who was calling, and knew that person was unstable, on the edge, and deeply troubled, and so needed a word from me right away, whereas my client in the office had been seeing me for years, was working on a philosophical matter, not a sensitive, emotional issue, and would not be troubled by an interruption. Essentially, therapy is a conversation between two people, and the therapist has to manage that conversation. Ask yourself if this conversation was managed properly or not.
Thanks for the comment,
I thought you managed the conversation very well and agree that taking the call was the right thing to do. Would you do therapy entirely by telephone doctor? If so, how much would you charge me? I would like some sessions with you, but I live too far away.