Do therapists ever feel emotionally vulnerable with clients?

Put it this way, you wouldn’t want to be in therapy with a person unable to be vulnerable to you, your thoughts, feelings, fears, dreams.

It’s an important tenant of process-relational philosophy we must first be vulnerable to the experiences of others, to allow ourselves to be moved before we can move the other.

I work hard, well not as hard as I did 40 years ago, to stay open and tuned to even the smallest flicker of the patient’s emotions and repressed thoughts, feelings and fantasies.

I can’t imagine doing psychoanalytic work with someone while trying to remain emotionally invulnerable as s/he needs much more than that from me. It isn’t unusual for me to belly laugh, and wipe away tears rolling down my face.

If the therapist isn’t fully human or working on it in her/his therapy then that is a crippled therapist who might want to pursue other work.

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Columnist at American News Report. Pain care activist. Poet, memoirist.
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