Last Issue we asked:
You are a life coach. For years you practiced as a psychologist and now you practice exclusively as a life coach. Your coaching client has tweeted you the following:
@lifecoachdiva I am really having a bad day. Depressed. Hopeless. Help me.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Reply by Mieke Haveman
I would help. As you said the credentials and experience are there. So there would be no ethical boundary not to. The client already has a bond with you and obviously trusts you and turns to you for help. He or she might not go to another professional to get help from someone else that he or she has no bond with at all. And it would probably be a one off. You don’t advertise yourself as a psychologist anymore, so most of your clients will come to you as coaching clients.
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This article first appeared in the May 2011 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
Longer replies and further discussion are available at http://onlinetherapyinstitute.ning.com/forum/topics/coaches-and-therapists-ethical – thanks to everyone for their contributions!