Broaching microaggressions that occur in therapy tends to be challenging. As the therapist, you are faced with the decision to address the microaggression or let it go. This choice is difficult for many therapists who don’t want to hurt the therapeutic alliance, but also want to be transparent about their commitment to social justice.
As therapists, it’s important to help our clients identify and understand where their anger is coming from so that they can feel more in control of their behavior. Teaching your client to tame the raw emotion of anger will help them channel and release their anger in more appropriate ways.
Oftentimes, as counselors, we encounter clients that become frustrated or angry with us when things aren’t going the way they want them to go. When this happens, counselors are in a position to teach clients how to effectively work through conflict, all while building a trusting relationship.