I am a new therapist and like you have already experienced the threat of physical safety by hinting they know where I live, my personal number, social media, or commenting on my body. How the hell do you even respond? Silence? Or do you talk about it? Because I have struggled with this and no one really tells you how to deal with it! Honestly, I ask them if they feel they want to hurt me point-blank. I let them know that I’m human and what they just said set off my alarm bells and explore it with them. It’s self-disclosure for sure but being real with people is the best way always. If they push back always always ALWAYS pay attention to your instincts and end the session/call your supervisor.
Thanks for the response! This helps a lot for me, especially now that everything is teletherapy, and video therapy reading clients has become a tad more challenging as well as drawing boundaries. I also have experienced clients who when I address the comments they say things like, “Oh lighten up I’m just joking don’t take everything so seriously,” which is also frustrating as hackers. I like how your responses are right to the point and drawing those boundaries right away.