Female therapists' experience of client sexual advances

  • Author / Creator
    Stewart, Marion
  • Client sexual advances may be a common occurrence in therapy, yet there is little information available with strategies for managing them. In hope of initiating a dialogue, five female therapists’ experiences were examined for possible insights. Informal semi-structured interviews provided data for a qualitative thematic analysis. Questions focussed on therapists’ accounts of incidents, how they were managed, impact on therapy, and speculations on potential differences between female and male therapists’ experiences. Discussing the topic with colleagues or supervisors and adequacy of training were also explored. Six overarching themes were derived; (1) sexual advances, (2) special relationships, (3) impact on therapist, (4) maintaining boundaries, (5) taboo topic and, (6) being female. Implications for counsellor training, supervision, and future research were discussed.

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    Spring 2010
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  • Degree
    Master of Education
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