do you really think you have to talk about why the client doesn't want to talk about an issue? imho it is sometimes ok not to talk about it if the client doesn't want to - i can think of several examples and one in which i'm sure i would have lost the client had i went near any part of the subject. it was enough just to know that this issues was there. (it wasn't anything to do with sexual fantasising) sometimes it might be a matter of losing the client if one was to force him or her to talk about something or even why they don't want to talk about it. perhaps it is sometimes better to just keep the incident in mind and return to it at a later time. or maybe even never if that isn't what the client wants to get out of therapy at this particular time. maybe at this time the client just needs the therapist to respect that they are not ready to discuss this issue. in the incident i'm thinking of, i did keep it in mind and used it in my therapy without ever mentioning the actual issue, just worked around it.
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