In your best interest, and following APA (American Psychological Association) standards, I can only be your therapist. I cannot have any other role in your life. I cannot, now or ever be a close friend to or socialize with any of my clients. I cannot be a therapist to someone who is already a friend. I can never have a sexual or romantic relationship with any client during, or after the course of therapy. I cannot have a business relationship with any of my clients, other than the therapy relationship.
I cannot see you for therapy if you, at some point, expect me to become involved with the courts in a legal, divorce or custody dispute. I want you to understand that I will not provide evaluations or expert testimony in court. You should hire a different mental health professional for any evaluations or testimony you require. This position is based on two reasons: (1) My statements will be seen as biased in your favor because of our therapeutic relationship; and (2) the testimony might affect our therapy relationship and I must keep our therapeutic relationship first.
I must protect the therapeutic relationship, and thus we do not go to court for any legal issues including, but not limited to DUI/criminal cases, divorce, or custody disputes.
I understand and agree to this policy.
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