If my friend or family member saw a therapist that they really liked, can I see that same therapist too?
The Order of Psychologists of Quebec is very clear that therapists are not allowed to see two people who are in close proximity to one another as it creates a high potential for a conflict of interest. Close proximity are pairings such as “siblings”, “romantic partners”, “roommates”, “family members”, etc. Some reasons why the therapist cannot see both are things like:
- It can be hard for a therapist to stay “neutral” if providing therapy to both parties,
- confidentiality can be hard to maintain as it can become confusing who provided what piece of information,
- the need to keep secrets can result in a host of ethical issues.