Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 159–171 | Cite as

The impact of therapist pregnancy on the treatment process

  • Rhonda Korol
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Abstract

Therapist pregnancy is a powerful emotional stimulus and a real-life event that affects clients and the treatment process. In the present paper, previous literature is reviewed and clinical experiences of the author in a university counseling center are reported to address how therapist pregnancy influences clinical treatment. Although therapists often hesitate in emphasizing their pregnancy, evidence suggests that it is easy to underestimate the importance of the pregnancy for clients. Case examples are presented which demonstrate client responses and the significance of the pregnancy for four female clients. Gender differences in client reactions are not fully understood, and it may be particularly difficult to facilitate male clients in dealing with issues stimulated by the pregnancy. These clinical findings suggest that in a variety of settings, understanding and working with clients' reactions to the therapist's pregnancy can enhance treatment.

Keywords

Gender Difference Social Psychology Clinical Experience Clinical Finding Previous Literature 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rhonda Korol
    • 1
  1. 1.Cincinnati

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