Clients go to psychotherapy seeking a mind massage, but all too often things turn physical. Cases of inappropriate sexual contact in psychotherapy average around 10 per cent prevalence, and a survey of hundreds of psychotherapists found that nearly 90 per cent reported having been sexually attracted to a client on at least one occasion. A new paper by clinical psychologist Carol Martin and colleagues discusses how therapists deal with these awkward feelings.
The results can broken down into three categories: The therapists were generally of the view that sexual attraction to clients was normal and Psychologist dating client necessarily harmful. However, views differed on exactly where the boundaries should lie.
For example, some therapists condoned fantasising about clients whereas others did not.
Effective ways of coping involved the following processes, though not always in order: Harmful ways of coping included: Every therapist may be vulnerable to practising in ways that they later regret, the researchers concluded, especially at times of personal stress or difficulty. Managing boundaries under pressure: An interesting, brief, and somewhat misleading summary of sexualised feelings in the therapist during psychotherapy. The summary, here, of Martin's paper surprisingly refers to only one slightly clumsy-worded counter-transference interpretation of the sexualised, private feelings of the therapist to his patient.
Sexual feelings for the
Psychologist dating client are not just be about an adult sexuality.
They are a sexualised response too. I was surprised to read no mention of this in this somewhat sensationalist-titled post. Who else in a patient's life will sit attentively actively listening to everything we hope! I'd suggest a sensible need for a four category in this article: It worries me to be presented with a summary that may imply
Psychologist dating client are qualified psychotherapists or at least a portion out of 13 chosen for Martin's study who are not understanding or doing this.
It would be all interested readers responsibility — including mine — to gain access to the printed study to read it fully, just in case important matters were lost in translation for this "Psychologist dating client." In series One of In Treatment Dr Weston falls in love with, and experiences lustful fantasises about, his client Laura.
I'm not able to grant you full access to the journal. It is very interesting to observe how important and somehow, how negative is perceived the fact that therapist and client would touch or hug.
The client is there to be helped. Touch
Psychologist dating client part of if not one of the most important the ways we offer support to others.
Another aspect which seems very odd is how strong it is pointed out the fact that the therapist can feel attracted to the client: It somehow seems that being a therapist means you are not human anymore.
We are first humans, and then anything else. And sexual attraction is the very reason we are right here right now, reading and writing comments. To deny that is to deny yourself.
There is one thing to recognize that there is desire, and another thing to make it sound bad! However, I believe the fact that participants were told that they would be reported if their behaviour was deemed to be 'inappropriate' might have distorted some of the responses.
Like Liked by 1 person. If the second case is claimed, what happened to supervision, and why are the ethics commitees not overwhemed, and Psychologist dating client should inform the press; no? I am delighted to see that our article has provoked some responses. Allow me to clarify one or two Psychologist dating client, for those who have not had the chance to read our article in full:.
We did, and do, acknowledge that sexual attraction to clients can provide some fruitful material for understanding the client, and for 'working through'.
It is, of course, to be acknowledged that our insistence on asking about successful management of sexual attraction could lead to some biased accounts — but that is what we were interested in. No-one had looked at the phenomenon from this angle previously, and attempts to identify what characterises an offender i.
As a result of this research, we have written a set of guidelines for practice. Or did I read that wrong? This sexualization of therapy and sex is rampant in the profession, but flies under the radar. I have experienced that and there are websites where people talk about what has happened. Unless a client reports unethical behavior or the clinician reports himself there is no way to know how often this happens……. You should know you're hurting your patients by refusing evidence based psychotherapy.
Hopefully in treatment is not the only way you keep up. Sadly the head of psychology was incompetent and the
Psychologist dating client Trust was more than keen to brush it all under the carpet -they Psychologist dating client to hold him to account and he was never subjected to a disciplinary procedure.
I managed to put it all Psychologist dating client me and was doing OK until I found out he had attempted to clear his name by writing a chapter in a textbook about delusional clients who make false allegations. Good to see this response to one of our papers. The paper is currently free to access on the Taylor and Francis website if you click the link to the original post.
Same here, therapy with a female therapist necessarily has a sexual undertone. Psychologist dating client whole business of transference could be exponentially speeded up if the female therapist slept with the male client when the time is right. Just imagine the analytical possibilities! Moreover Freud slept "Psychologist dating client" a few of his female patients and as far as we know everything was okay. For gods sake it is just sex not murder. It's a total abuse of power.
The harmful effects to the client are profound and long-lasting. No matter how much the client thinks they want it or can 'handle' it sex with the therapistif you just think about it for a minute — really think — how can you not see how this most certainly will hurt the client? The odds of 1. Adding more muck
Psychologist dating client already dirtied waters.
Eventually the honeymoon ends and then you are left with what you the client came in with PLUS the betrayal you feel when you realize you came in for treatment and ended up with even Psychologist dating client baggage to be treated…. He wanted to re secure his standing with fellow professionals he had 'zero' respect for me as a vulnerable woman and absolutely no concern about my wellbeing. Unfortunately I found she automatically assumed that whatever I was trying to express was either a behavioural problem or a symptom of a psychological disorder.
My psychologist is lovely, I think about him sexually all the time.