As therapists we are paid to put our needs on hold. We all have the same longings for affection, to feel seen, and to receive recognition and appreciation for our efforts. We agree to delay our longings that arise in session and instead satisfy them in our personal relationships and in our own depth practices. But the emotionally famished therapist enters the therapy room hungry for airtime, the spotlight, or for applause, thereby competing with resources needed to deepen the client’s process. Therapy is challenging enough for clients to have to deal with the added stress of a needy therapist, especially one with claws.
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