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Belief Clashes with Clients

What happens when a client's belief system and that of the therapist are in significant conflict with each other? For example, although it is illegal in the US, some immigrant cultures still practice infibulation (surgically closing the labia in women to prevent intercourse). How would you work with a client from that culture who was seeking help to overcome her fear of the procedure her parents were demanding of her. In other words, she believed going through with the procedure was the morally right thing to do; she was just afraid of it,so was wanting you to help her through her fear.

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In theory, a therapist is not supposed to allow their own personal feeling or biases to influence their ability to provide treatment to another individual however, as all therapists are humans, it is likely that at some point, this will happen. According to the American Psychological Association (2013), "When psychologists become aware of personal problems that may interfere with their performing work-related duties adequately, they take ...

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The client's belief systems and therapist significant are provided.