Therapists in their daily lives experience incidences when theirclients develop emotional feelings for them. Clients can getemotionally attracted to therapists in the course of therapy (Ladany,Friedlander, & Nelson, 2005). Therapists in training experiencedifficulties in dealing with clients who have developed emotionalfeelings towards them. However, as a supervisor of thetherapist-in-training, it is crucial to make a particular therapistrealize that it is normal for a client to develop emotional feelingstowards them. The supervisor should inform therapists-in-training ofthe need to reaffirm to the client the purpose of the counselingsessions is to have them achieve their psychotherapy goals.
The same supervisory skills can be applied for therapists who developemotional feelings towards the clients. As a first measure, they needto consider that the reason the client approached them was to helpthem out of the psychological problem affecting them. For the sametoken, it becomes vital not to let in any distractions affect theprocess of offering therapy to the clients. As therapists intraining, they have a role to play in the healing process of theirclients. Therapists should not let emotions manifest since it couldaffect recovery of clients in the course of psychotherapy. As asupervisor, there is a need to give feedback that serves to remindthe therapist on the need to stick to therapy.
As a therapist in dealing with the situation, the first situation isto accept the normality of getting attracted to clients. However, itis vital to talk about the feelings and be honest about the impactthat they would have on the success of therapy sessions. Theconversation should serve as a way of reminding either the therapistor client on the need to stick to the session. Listening as a skillcan be employed for either of the two affected as a way of helpingthem out of the situation (Ladany, Friedlander, & Nelson, 2005).
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