Psychologists and other health professionals are also obligated to actively strive to benefit their clients through their work, to take care to do no harm, to demonstrate honesty and foster trust, and to work in good faith with their clients to avoid any and all conflicts of interest that could potentially lead to exploitation or harm.
So, generally speaking, therapists don’t take on clients with whom they already have a different relationship, and they don’t establish other relationships with a patient.
While it is true that in some small communities, such dual relationships are hard to avoid, when that is the case some other very strict guidelines apply for addressing those issues and ensuring the best interest of the client.
The information age has posed some interesting challenges for patients and therapists.
From an ethical standpoint, there are two major issues to be considered in the situation you describe.
) that it was not she who looked up my profile (and that she has never and would never look at it), but rather was likely to be a friend that she had loaned her account to, for the purpose of viewing/contacting other profile holders.
I can hardly believe this explanation and can’t imagine it isn’t an ethical issue in itself to casually loan one’s dating profile account to friends, when you know your patients use this dating website and might in fact be contacted by your friends.Although broad in scope, is a dating site looking to connect couples with shared ethical interests, whether its veganism, human-rights, or reducing their carbon footprint.The site is free to join, and you can do a quick search before signing up to see how many other people initially have what you’re looking for in a partner.This happened several times within a two week period.I was very stirred up as a result of seeing that my therapist had viewed my profile, and so I brought this up with my therapist via email, who then claimed (via a lengthy email response — that I was charged for, incidentally!It is overseen by the same international advisory board of distinguished academic faculty and mental health professionals — with decades of clinical and research experience in the US, UK and Europe — that delivers Counselling Resource.com, providing peer-reviewed mental health information you can trust.