been seeing a therapist for three years and really disclosed a lot to her
and I trusted her. She bought a home in another part of the state (500 miles
away) and moved there. I asked her if I could continue to see her once a
month (I would go there to meet with her); however, she said that she wanted
me to see someone here in town because this was unethical on her part to
continue to see me if she wasnt living here locally. Is there a law
that governs this (that therapists can not see clients that live hundreds
of miles away)? I mean I hear of online therapy so why wouldnt I be
able to continue my therapy once a month long distance?
There is nothing illegal about a client traveling a long
distance for psychotherapy. Nevertheless, there are many things in life that are
unethical even if they arent illegal. From the way you describe things, it sounds as
if your psychotherapist is referring to the fact that long-distance psychotherapy
cannot really provide all the immediate support and regular monitoring that
good psychotherapy should provide. Thus, to see you only once a month could, in her
eyes, be unethical.
ethically owes you a clear and
of her reasons for not wanting to continue your treatment long-distance. She could have
good clinical reasons for refusing your request, or it could be that she just wants
to get rid of you, so she is being vague in the hope that you will let the issue drop.
Therefore, if she is really as concerned about ethical conduct
as she claims, she will give you an explanation. On the other hand, if her mention of
ethics is just a screen to hide less than admirable motives, then her failure to give
you an honest answer will reveal her true nature.
In good psychotherapy
everything should be discussed up-front and you shouldnt be left wondering
what is going on. But some bad psychotherapists are as afraid of their own
emotional lives as they are of their clients emotions.
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