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The Client-Therapist relationship

The client-therapist relationship is a very intimate one, in that the client shares very personal information with the therapist. This can often lead to somewhat conflicting feelings, for the client. Therefore, to insure that the client receives the maximum benefit from the therapy certain boundaries must be established. In order to maintain proper perspective and to avoid any perception of impropriety, it is important to remember that the therapist is here to be your health-care provider. Topics of a sexual nature must be handled in a highly professional manner. This does not mean that we cannot joke at times but it means that the relationship must stay on a professional level. While your thoughtfulness is always appreciated, gift giving should be avoided. Bartering is not an accepted method of payment for professional services; therefore, payment must be made by the means discussed in the Services & Pricing section.

Benefits and Risks

Anytime you seek therapy to work with the difficulties in yourself or your relationships there are benefits and risks involved. The benefits can include the ability to handle or cope with your specific concerns and/or your interpersonal relationships in a healthier way. You may also gain a greater understanding of personal, interpersonal, and/or family goals and values. This understanding may lead the way to greater maturity and happiness as an individual, couple, or as a family. There may also be other benefits that come as you work at resolving your specific concerns.

Therapy can also be challenging and uncomfortable at times. Remembering and resolving an unpleasant event or relationship may cause intense feelings of fear, anger, depression and frustration. As you work to resolve personal issues or issues between family members, marital partners and/or other persons, you may experience discomfort and an increase in conflict before things begin to improve. There may be changes in your relationships you had not originally intended.

I will discuss with you the benefits and risks involved in your particular situation as we go through the therapeutic process. I encourage you to discuss with me any concerns you may have as you progress.


Remember this is a professional relationship. Please keep emails short. If they become excessive I will have to begin charging for time. I am unable to add you as a friend on Facebook, MySpace, etc. due to the Therapist/Client relationship and due to The Association of American Counselors Ethics Regulations.

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