We all know good therapy when we experience it, that warm fuzzy feeling where we are heard, understood, validated and start healing from the inside. But what about bad therapy, what does that feel like? And what if bad therapy turns ugly and ends in termination? Here are five reasons why good therapy turns bad and ends in termination.
1. Countertransference – when a client triggers the therapist’s issues.
It has been a long established rule of good therapists never to take on a client who will trigger personal issues. The therapist who has been raped may not be able to cope with the raped client. The therapist with children who finds out her client is a paedophile or the client who triggers off mother-issues with the therapist who has not resolved her own childhood. These well-meaning people can sometimes unwittingly do more damage than good if they have not received their own therapy or supervision.