Thanks for your thoughts anon, they were helpful. You have made an important point, namely that it was my fear of how to deal with it. Personally, I know that clients have thoughts about therapy, their therapist, the work being done etc on many levels and thats okay. Its human and none of my business. I have them too. Professionally,your second paragraph encapsulates what I thought would happen with the client becuase I knew him fairly well and believed that we could get over the initial shock and start dealing with the anxiety it caused him 'there and then' in the counselling room. Therapy is difficult but its through this process that most learning can take place. My fear,well.. I think was based on the fact that I did not want to cause the client any harm and while I often use the therapeutic relationship to understand how clients conduct their relationships in the outside world, at the time it felt too intimate. Especially when our work was time limited due to the nature of the setting I work in. I do need to think about these issues more, as I dont usually shy away from difficult topics - but I cant help coming back to the point that the angst it caused me, was the angst the client was living with everyday of his life.
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