As a therapist, listening is one of the most important tools you will use in your work. It becomes especially important that you are an active listener when your client’s area of concern is sexual in nature.
What unique ethical, legal, and professional challenges do you expect to confront in your role as a therapist working with sexually disordered client populations? What steps might you employ in order to assure that both your client and you share an understanding of your client’s experiences and concerns? How might you assure that you are capable of being an empathetic and non-judgmental counselor when discussing the intimacies surrounding sexual behavior?