As a therapist, do you believe you should have your own therapist?
Anyone who is a therapist carries lots of weight on their shoulders. Do you believe it's beneficial for a therapist to have a therapist?
I know there are laws that state you cannot disclose what people tell you, but how do you handle these difficult topics?
Caveat: This is not my area of expertise nor do I know the laws surrounding what you can or cannot share however hopefully there is some helpful information here for you.
Candice Robinson, BS, NCPT-4
Most therapists are trained in creating clear personal boundaries early on. This gives them the skills to create healthy relationships with the people they serve. Boundaries are like the limits of a relationship. Creating those boundaries usually includes things such as not attending to work related issues outside of work hours and not doing anything they are not personally comfortable with. This keeps them from being taken advantage of by the people they treat, as well as separating their feelings from the feelings of others. Not holding these boundaries can definitely lead one to feeling burned out or overwhelmed with the responsibility of counseling others.
Therapists are regular people and they have issues in their lives as well that they may need to talk out with an impartial party. This gives the therapist the opportunity to self reflect and analyze how this affects their clients.
For example, if a therapist was in a therapy session with their own personal therapist they could say "I have a client that is really starting to stress me out. She has so many things going on it makes me feel guilty for harping on my minor issues."
What the therapist could not say is, "I have this client who is a nurse at the hospital. She is going through issues with her cousin Anna and getting married next week. Her job has sent her to therapy and I think she really needs it, so I am stressed out trying to do my best."