The nature of the work we do involves showing compassion for both our client and ourselves. When, though, is compassion necessary, and could it cloud my clarity around a situation? Does my need to be compassionate ever hold me back or make me judgemental or directive? Could misplaced compassion somehow sabotage my work with a client by making it difficult for me to see the wood for the trees? What is true compassion, and how do I make sure I am showing myself and my clients compassion where appropriate?