The Other Side: From Client to Therapist

We hold many identities in life. Some because of our relationships (like child or parent), some because of the roles we take on socially (like joker or peacemaker) and still others because of our work. What constitutes our whole self can be a complex kaleidoscope of many viewpoints. How to be a client in the therapeutic relationship has been an identity I have explored over the years and this has, almost certainly, made the therapist identity a possibility for me. As a client, I started out with an expectation that I was going to be 'done to'. Somehow, this interaction was going to fix what was wrong with me and I would walk away. Over time, this changed: I became a client who began to under

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