Have you ever been to therapy? How was your experience?
Therapy as we mentioned previously is a relationship between the client and therapist. The relationship is meant to create a safe space for the client as they process their issues.
There are Do’s and Don’ts for both the therapist and the client to make the therapeutic process smooth. These are;
1. The therapist asks for the client’s informed consent inorder to proceed with therapy
2. The therapist models and sets boundaries for therapy
3. Keeping notes and filing them properly
4. Going for supervision
The client needs to;
1. Keep to their appointments and inform when they are unable to attend
2. Maintain the boundaries outlined and agreed upon during the therapy forming stage
3. Attend to the assignments and exercises given in therapy to help with their progress.
The Don’ts are;
The client and therapist may not pursue a romantic relationship.
(The exception to the rule is that after a duration of 7 years after dissolution of therapy, they may pursue said relationship)
The client and therapist may not exchange gifts
The client and therapist may not engage in social activities together such as weddings, birthdays etc.
How to know if your therapist is ethical?
1. They are friendly but professional
2. They outline the basics of therapy and inform you of your rights,freedoms and limitations as a client
3. They maintain and protect confidentiality
4. They maintain appropriate boundaries.
The therapeutic relationship is an important relationship. It helps determine how well you navigate through the issues you wish to process.
As a client, do you feel like your therapist meets the needs you have?