Psychology ethics dating patients

Through regularly reviewing goals and progress and soliciting client feedback, the therapist creates an atmosphere where clients feel they can safely acknowledge dissatisfaction with the therapy or express a desire to terminate.Should the client and therapist agree to continue therapy, that decision to continue treatment should be clearly justified, perhaps with adjusted goals.

Plateaus are commonplace in therapy, as is slow progress.

Additionally, even if we don’t perceive progress in therapy, our support may be preventing the client from deteriorating.

Psychologists should review progress and goals regularly, both in their own reflections on the therapy and in dialogue with the client.

If therapy has reached a plateau or an impasse, the therapist should consider revising goals and procedures together with the client.

What if the need to terminate is clearer to the therapist than to the client, or more likely, vice versa?

Unfortunately, as therapists we can sometimes fail to recognize when it’s time to terminate therapy.

Finally, we may feel inappropriately attracted to the client or to the steady income that the client provides.

Then there are clients like Martin, who are eager to continue therapy in a vein that seems unproductive to the therapist.

Martin consistently resisted my attempts to structure therapy and promote behavioral change.

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