Psychology ethics dating patients

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When people are hurting, unhappy, frightened, or confused, they may seek help from a therapist.

They may be suffering trauma from rape, incest, or domestic violence.

For Psychologists in the United States, personal relationships (whether they be sexual or platonic) after professional ones are frowned upon.

The reason for this and all ethical codes is client protection.

There is an inherent power differential between therapist and client.

You, as the client, are revealing so much about yourself yet often learn very little about the person you’re talking to. The thinking is that no matter how much your erstwhile therapist discloses to you as friends, he or she will always have that knowledge, that information that you might not have shared had you two not had a therapeutic relationship.

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