The Threat of Suicide in Psychotherapy
The possibility of suicide in severely depressed patients poses a threat both to the patient & to the therapist. The therapist’s fear of suicide is likely to result in overcautiousness. Consequently, the essential qualities of openness & availability tend to suffer. Threats of suicide may occur in the context of different life structures. The psychotherapist must be aware of the context in order to understand the significance of the threat.