Psychotherapy Networker • 7/9/2018 • 8 Comments
Ever heard about a tricky clinical scenario and thought, "I know exactly how I'd handle that"? In the spirit of sharing and community, we're introducing a forum called Clinician's Quandary, where you, the reader, offer your take on how you'd address a clinical dilemma from a real practice.
On the first Tuesday of every month, we'll pose a Quandary and collect responses. Top answers from the previous month will be posted that same day and shared with your colleagues worldwide. See below for submission details.
Here's this month's Quandary:
My client Jonathan is in his early 30s. He’d like to be in a long-term relationship but struggles with intimacy, which is why he came to me for help. We have a good rapport and he’s generally engaged in sessions, but if there’s ever the slightest pause, he slyly checks his phone for emails or updates, even though I’ve asked him not to on several occasions. The minute the session ends, his phone is out and he’s scrolling through Twitter. I suspect his phone use may be affecting his “real life” relationships and adding to his anxiety, but when I raise this with him, he insists that it’s not a problem and I’m just out of touch with the times. What should I do?
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Topic: Professional Development