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[ HANDOUT 1 —Use the top of this page for your letterhead.] Limits of the Therapy Relationship: What Clients Should Know Psychotherapy is a professional service I can provide to you. Because of the nature of therapy, our relationship has to be different from most relationships. It may differ in how long it lasts, in the topics we discuss, or in the goals of our relationship. It must also be limited to the relationship of therapist and client only. If we were to interact in any other ways, we would then have a “dual relationship,” which would not be right and may not be legal. The different therapy professions have rules against such relationships to protect us both. I want to explain why having a dual relationship is not a good idea. Dual relationships can set up conflicts between my own (the therapist’s) interests and your (the client’s) best interests, and then your interests might not be put first. In order to offer all my clients the best care, my judgment needs to be unselfish and professional. Because I am your therapist, dual relationships like these are improper:
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This note was uploaded on 07/01/2010 for the course COUN 6682 A and taught by Professor All during the Spring '10 term at Walden University.

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