I have intentions to write a blog post on the harmful effects of overly rigid boundaries in the therapeutic alliance. I want to shine a light on how holding too firmly to the code of ethics and using that code as a shield actually causes more harm than care.
I see too often therapists acting in ways that aren’t in the best interest of their clients just because it goes against the code. But we are taught in our ethics classes to weigh the potential harm to the client against the potential risks of deviating from the code. There is wiggle room and many therapists aren’t taking the risk, they’re putting their asses first and the client needs second. And that isn’t okay. It’s causing damage to the client who comes to the therapist already vulnerable and hurting.
Here is what I am asking for your help on:
I want this to be bigger than just my own two experiences. I want more voices to be heard in the post I intend to write, so if you’ve ever felt hurt by a too rigid therapist and you’ve written about it, please share the link here. And please share this post so that others who may not follow me but who’ve experienced this can have their voice heard as well. I plan to categorize and quote as many people as I can, illustrating possible alternate, more client friendly outcomes using the US code of ethics and our problem solving method. If you’re in another country and have a different code please say so in the comments so I can look at your code as well.