chapter  3
The psychotherapist’s occupational hazards
BySHARON K. FARBER
Pages 9

The occupational hazards of doing this work can impact the therapist and the patient severely, turning an otherwise good therapist into a wounding healer. They include the therapist’s vulnerability to the patient’s depression or anxiety, becoming traumatized by a patient’s suicide or becoming suicidal themselves, falling in love with a patient, being physically attacked by a patient, being stalked by the patient, becoming vicariously traumatized in dealing with severely traumatized patients, feeling envious of a patient or colleague, and the overlooked problems in a long-term therapy that come from the therapist’s decision to retire.