chapter  26
Giving Yourself Permission to Get Supervision or Refer Out
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It is important to articulate that we have the prerogative and right to not treat clients with self-destructive behaviors if it feels too upsetting or hits too close to home. In the name of altruism, we often feel compelled to take on every case that comes our way. Although that sounds noble, no one is an expert in everything, and clients deserve the best possible care. When we make decisions from only that “outward focus” by attending to clients’ needs, we may lose sight of the “inward focus” that accurately assesses our comfort level and our ability to serve clients objectively, nonjudgmentally, and effectively. It is also easier to offer other treatment resources before we have forged a relationship with a prospective client.