Essay Lying On The Couch, By Ernest Golding

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Moreover, not only do dual relationships engender boundary crossings or violations, but the use of self-disclosure is also an instance where a boundary crossing can become a boundary violation. Although self-disclosure is encouraged if it is in the benefit of the client, it is not advised if the disclosure induces harm on the client or burden on the client (Corey et al., 2015). This is the case in Lying on the Couch, where Dr. Ernest Lash asserts that psychotherapists should encourage an all honesty policy with their clients, because this is a vital component in strengthening the therapeutic relationship; however, this becomes a predicament when he fosters a sexual attraction to one of his clients, Carolyn. Under the assumption that disclosing his sexual attraction to Carolyn will be an intervention that encourages honesty and loyalty as a psychotherapist, Dr. Lash informs her that she has entered into his fantasies, that he ruminates about seeing her and that he thinks about what to wear on the days he sees her (Yalom, 1997).
Dr. Lash’s intentions of advocating an all honesty policy results in trespassing into ambiguous territory, because not only is self-disclosure of sexual attraction a questionable act, but the impact on the client is also unclear, for research has shown that the impact can either be positive or negative (Fisher, 2004). For example, in situations where the client had low self-esteem or believed that he or she was not worthy of love, self-disclosure…

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