Reeves, Andrew; Seber, Pat
May 2004
CPJ: Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal;May2004, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p45
Clients presenting in therapy with suicidal thoughts or plans can be challenging for even the most experienced therapist. Understanding the world of suicidal clients, knowing how best to respond in the therapeutic relationship, and ultimately making decisions about the implications for confidentiality, pose difficult dilemmas. The most helpful course of action for the therapist will be dependent upon many factors, including, the context in which the therapy is taking place, the relationship with the client, the boundaries of confidentiality agreed, the confidence of the therapist to explore the meaning of suicide. Therapists can experience a range of responses when working with suicidal clients, including fear, anger, sleeplessness and a sense of professional incompetence.


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