This wonderful question was posted by a therapist Linked-In group I joined: should therapists allow clients to “friend” them on Facebook. Seems like the topic comes up often enough to have really struck a chord with the therapists.
So far, there are 88 comments and growing. The majority of the therapists that answered an emphatic “no”, they would not permit a client to “friend” them. Many others expressed that they avoid even being on Facebook for this very reason. They viewed a Facebook “friend” as they would a blurring of boundaries between therapy and client and real friendship.
But is “friending” someone on Facebook really like being a real in life friend? Many of the therapists who replied thought so – and that it would be harmful to their clients and the therapeutic relationship. And many thought that having a discussion about the whole Facebooking friend thing would be a good topic for the next therapy session.
However I wish they had done this as a survey, so I could report an actual result, but they didn’t.
If you are a therapist and you read my blog, leave me your two cents in my comments – it would be interesting to read.Jill
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.