Making Friends with Your Clients
Counseling is an unusual kind of relationship. Though it shouldn’t be, it’s rare for people to develop relationships that are dedicated to their healing, their growth, and their liberation. Such change-promoting relationships have their own kind of ecology, different from that of typical friendships.
How do friendships and counseling relationships combine? Can friends counsel one another? Can counselors make friends with their clients? Should they? Here are some reasons why people have been told that counselors shouldn’t become friends with their clients, and some even better reasons why they should.
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