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This client has been accused of being domestically and sexually violent but vehemently denies it. This client is also very persuasive and prides himself on being assertive
I began dreading client appointments and began losing sleep the night before sessions
My reactions inhibited empathy for him and caused me to struggle with unconditional positive regard
It was definitely greatly impacted by my own history of being abused
I do not think disclosing the countertransference issue directly would be beneficial for the client. However, I think getting more support for processing my own reaction would help me to be more empathic and regain my unconditional positive regard for the client. So I think the plan would be to get increased supervision, increased self care, my own therapy if needed, and transfer the client if this wasn’t successful
I would know I needed my own therapist if my countertransference reactions were impairing my life- affecting sleep, interpersonal relationships, etc.
I would do so by coming at the conversation from a place of empathy and gently point our discrepancy between the clinician’s desire to have unconditional positive regard and inability to do so due to current struggles