Like I said, it’s shaky ground. You start bending rules and it becomes a slippery slope. Suddenly you may not have a therapist anymore but a friend.
Your therapist may care deeply about you and know you better than anyone, but even so, your therapist should not be your friend. I could see myself being friends with some of my clients as several of them might share my values and sense of humor, and I like them a lot, but I wouldn’t think twice about the possibility because I am their therapist!
I really agreed whole heartedly with Dr. Kolmes on the Huffington Post panel. Clearly we have similar backgrounds and training – she completed the same doctoral program I did a few years prior to me. She seemed to be the only therapist of the 4 that didn’t seem to have thought twice about playing matchmaker – it is simply not clinically good practice and so it flies out the window.
So – my answer to whether or not your therapist should play cupid is a resounding NO!
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Cheers to your best relationship – not set up by your therapist ;-)