Working As An Older Therapist With A Younger Client Can

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Working as an older therapist with a younger client can have a degree of an advantage in terms of life experience. Adolescent pressures are a universal occurrence; the desire to conform with peers, to not be different and feeling as though they are not understood. Meanwhile, a therapist who feels discomfort when working with certain disorders coupled with inappropriate disclosure can cause misunderstandings within the relationship and hinder therapy. Working with difference, the need for understanding and addressing issues within supervision will be further discussed in this essay. Age is a commonly considered factor when seeking therapy. Clients likely to work with a therapist closer to their own age feel they share similar…show more content…
Kranke et al., (2009) explored stigma within adolescents who medicate for mental illness and their research concluded with feelings of shame, secrecy and isolation. The fear of being labelled with a sickness is associated with the want to not appear different to their peers. It is also self stigmatising behaviour whereby the client attempts to distance themselves from their perceived idea of a person with mental illness. Antidepressants are the most commonly used medication alongside therapy when treating BDD. Client’s noncompliance of treatment can arise for various reasons such as the belief that they do not need it or that it isn’t working, unmanageable side effects or because they hold a psychological barrier towards medications (Tracy, 2012). The therapist must decipher what reasoning the client has for noncompliance, in this case, the fear of becoming ‘zombie like’. There is a need to stress the importance of routine when it comes to taking medicine, as without it the client may relapse or suffer unnecessarily and hinder the therapeutic healing. In addition, exploring the underlying feelings surrounding the label of madness or one with mental illness. Perceived stigma and individual views of those with mental illness influence inhibition of medication taking, so understanding the client’s perspective is crucial to breaking the psychological barrier and aiding effective therapy (Sirey et al., 2001). If the
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