Clinician's Quandary invites your take on how you'd handle tricky scenarios in practice! On the first Tuesday of every month, we'll pose a new Quandary and collect responses. Top answers from the previous month will be posted that same day and shared with your colleagues worldwide. See below for submission details.
This month's Quandary:
I’ve been working for several weeks with a client who was in a serious car crash that left her in a deep depression for years. When she recounts her story, I find myself unusually affected, as if I’m reliving the event with her. At the end of our sessions, I feel exhausted and stressed. I’ve heard a little bit about vicarious trauma but don’t know much about how to deal with it. I plan to work through this with my supervisor, but in the meantime, are there some good, practical ways to protect myself that still allow me to be fully present and empathetic with my client?
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*Responses may be edited for clarity.
Topic: Professional Development