Extended Illness or Injury

Obviously, this is not the kind of conversation we want to have to have with clients. I’m leaning towards the more boundaried approach in this simply because it’s likely to feel safer for the clinician when they’re in a vulnerable space. If possible, spread these conversations out as much as possible to still give people notice. Having 5 of them in a day would be very hard. If you can’t do that, I recommend loading up on a shit ton of self care surrounding these days. 

If You Plan to Return

“Before we get started today I need to tell you that I have some bad news. I have a health issue that requires that I pull back from my practice for a little while. I know this is sudden and I hate that I’m not able to give you the lead time recommended for pausing our relationship. I do plan to return as soon as I’m in better health. My prognosis is good as long as I follow doctor’s orders, which for now means less work and more treatment. I want to take some time to process this abrupt change today and I have some referrals for you as well. I’ll be in touch when I return to work.”

If You Don’t Plan to Return

“Before we get started today I need to tell you that I have some bad news. I have a health issue that requires that I pull back from my practice. I know this is sudden and I hate that I’m not able to give you the lead time recommended for closing my practice. I want to take some time to process this abrupt change today and I have some referrals for you as well.”

If They Ask What You’re Diagnosed With and You Don’t Want to Discuss It

“I really appreciate you caring, really. Right now I just don’t feel comfortable talking about it. To be honest, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it and I don’t want to make your session about how I’m feeling. I have my own therapy & support for that.”

 

 

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