There is a COVID situation that I am facing in the family. While talking to my client about his COVID related anxiety, my personal struggles are surfacing. How much of personal disclosure on this is alright for me to make during my counseling session.?
The spread of the pandemic is increasing and many people are finding that their contact with COVID-19 is getting closer. It is important that your struggles with COVID- 19 in the family and anxieties related to it get adequate care through personal, peer and professional spaces as required. It may help a client feel validated about their COVID related anxiety when you self-disclose your close encounter with this disease. However, it also has the potential to deviate from the client’s experience. Therefore, it would be essential for you to carefully understand your motivations to self-disclose and the emotional experience of working with your client’s COVID related anxiety. This may often provide greater clarity regarding decisions about self-disclosure.
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