Diminished Competence. Considerations for Counsellors and Psychotherapists An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice. Reasons for Diminished Competence.
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Considerations for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice
The therapist experiences a period of physical ill-health that undermines their capacity to be available to clients.
The therapist’s experience mirrors that of the client too closely to remain separate from the client’s world.
The therapist experiences a trauma or major life event that means they are not emotionally available to work with clients (or with a particular type of client presentation).
The therapist is simply unable to work safely with clients and should consider discontinuing their practice.
A strong or powerful relational dynamic (transferential or countertransferential, for example) that undermines the therapist’s capacity to engage with the client.
A client presentation that falls beyond any level of training or experience in practice (complex mental health problems).
A lack of personal insight or an unwillingness or inability to engage in self-reflection.
A lack of appropriate supervision, or not using supervision effectively or appropriately.