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What if I trigger you? A client question

I had a great question from a new client recently and I wanted to share with you my answer (along with the question).

Many clients who come to me love the fact that I have a lived experience of an eating disorder. However, a client was worried that as we worked together, that this may trigger me.

So here is my answer I gave to them and I give to you:

  • You are not responsible for my emotions, it is up to me to manage any triggers that arise for me

  • I tend to find that this work doesn't actually trigger me because I have done extensive personal therapy work on my own eating issues and I have over 5 years of recovery under my belt.

  • I have regular clinical supervision as per BABCP requirements for me to work in an ethical way. My clinical supervisor is a Clinical Psychologist who has over 20 years clinical experience in eating disorders

  • I regularly reflect on my work and use this as part of my BABCP accreditation - it's why it's so important to seek out an accredited practitioner.

  • Working ethically means I must avoid harm (where known and possible) to the client

It's so important to ask these questions though and I will always give you an honest answer, and when I don't know the answer, I will go and research and find out.

I hope this helps you in your decision making process. Don't be afraid to ask your therapist these kinds of questions.


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