I had an interesting experience recently, this has happened in the past but very infrequent and not to this extent. Please share your experience if this has occured with you, thanks.
This past Sunday a client of mine came in for training but after a quick warm up burst into tears. Every thing in her life was crashing in around her and there was a tremendous sense of worthlessness, unfulfillment and lack of accomplishment in her life. Training immediately took a back seat and I had to be a reassured presence in her life at that moment.
Maybe you want to consider earning a wellness coaching credential so that you are better prepared when this inevitable situation arises.
Our clients often become attached to us and it is important for us to find a professional way of handling situations by utilizing scientific and evidence-based techniques.
Once you have those skills you will be in a better position to assist your clients with the help that that need (provided that you don’t need to refer) and secondly, you will be working within your scope of practice.
Remember, personal trainers do not give counsel or advice.
Hope this is helpful.