Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Not being able to help every one

This is something we come across with many of our clients.

It's rough when you have someone crying their eyes out in front of you, begging you for help that is outside of the scope of services you can provide.

And you know that what they are looking for is limited or may not even be accessible.

It is what it is though in our line of work.

Often sad reality, but we only have the resources that we have at hand.

This is how I ended my day today.

I told this stressed out mother that I would try to help her at least find some idea(s) for her and her daughter.

I don't know if they will be what she is looking for however.



  1. That's a hard way to end the day :( I always feel torn between the very real, concrete needs my clients have, and my circumscribed role as a psychotherapist. I'm supposed to provide therapy, not case management, and they NEED therapy. But, on the other hand, nobody can focus on therapy if they're hungry or have no where to stay tonight. A psychotic client with whom I started working on ADLs doesn't have any other clothes to change into. Sometimes veering out of my scope of service is a prerequisite!

  2. Ugh I know how you feel. I work for a NYS non profit and its the worst. So many families need assistance and there is none out there. So very sad. I'm sure you tried your best even if it doesn't always feel that way.

  3. You just can't help everyone. And I hate it, but at the same time, sometimes it is therapeutic to allow a client to remain in an uncomfortable place for awhile. It is in our nature to want to fix people, but, like you said, sometimes it is what it is.