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July 12, 2010

BehindTheMedspeak: Should you friend your psychiatrist?

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Before you get your baggies in a twist, consider that it's quite possible she/he's already googled you — so why not go all in?

July 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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As someone in the field, I would not friend someone that was a client.

I know in smaller communities, it is not always possible to remain distant from those you work with, but STILL there needs to be some sense of distance. Now anyone that knows me, knows ethics and clifyt are not exactly on speaking terms -- but this is different...it is PROFESSIONAL ETHICS...i.e., you can lose your license and go to jail over things like this.

I don't ask a client to give any more information than they want to give...even if I assign journaling to the client, it is up to them to give me passages if they want me to read it (and not, I won't take the whole damn thing and read it). I know I put some pretty damning things up on the FB, and I am cool with this with my friends and family, but I would never share this stuff with a shrink. And as a sorta-maybe-could-be-if-I-gave-a-damn therapist, there is no way I'm going to self-disclose ANYTHING to a client that isn't in the clients best interest. They know nothing except what it takes to maintain trust and get better. So I don't know the point either way...

Posted by: clifyt | Jul 12, 2010 2:50:12 PM

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