At our last meeting on 18 November 2018 we talked together about desire in the therapy room.
Some thoughts we took away from the meeting:
“It is not unethical to be sexually attracted to clients” but it is unethical to feel attraction and not to acknowledge or process it. It requires a high degree of self awareness in the therapist.
Desire between therapist and client is something only barely mentioned on most counselling training courses.
It can be detrimental to our clients when desire remains un-named in the therapy room.
We recognise the importance and power of good, safe, open and accepting supervision.
Peer supervision can also be useful.