Dual Relationships

Dual Relationships – Pros and Cons

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. To support you as a whole person and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How social media has made the world smaller
  • Personal branding, marketing, and the move away from the blank slate leading to dual relationships
  • Digital natives having extensive social media and digital presence before determining they want to be a therapist
  • Whether to express your opinions on non-therapy stuff
  • Distinguishing personal, private, and professional online, in-person, etc.
  • Showing respect, maintaining confidentiality, and boundaries
  • Encouraging discussions on how to navigate dual relationships correctly (rather than just saying “don’t do it” related to technology)
  • Translating milieu settings and small towns as templates for how to behave on social media
  • Curating personal disclosures online
  • Sharing your personal views does not mean you can discriminate
  • Whether therapists should do yelp reviews or share their opinions on current events
  • Healthy dual relationships
  • Whether or not to google clients or to view their social media

Resources mentioned:

We’ve pulled together resources mentioned in this episode and put together some handy-dandy links.

Ofer Zur’s Article on Googling Clients

Other Episodes Mentioned:

Our Take on Texts

Small Town Sex Therapist

Our events this year:

The Therapy Reimagined Conference in Los Angeles in October 2018!!

Who we are:

Curt Widhalm is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a Board Member at Large for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making “dad jokes” and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more at: http://www.curtwidhalm.com

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant. As a helping professional for two decades, she’s navigated the ups and downs of our unique line of work. She’s run her own solo therapy practice, designed innovative clinical programs, built and managed large, thriving teams of service providers, and consulted hundreds of helping professionals on how to build meaningful AND sustainable practices. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt’s youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more at: http://www.katievernoy.com

A Quick Note:

Our opinions are our own. We are only speaking for ourselves – except when we speak for each other, or over each other. We’re working on it.

Our guests are also only speaking for themselves and have their own opinions. We aren’t trying to take their voice, and no one speaks for us either. Mostly because they don’t want to, but hey.

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Voice Over by DW McCann https://www.facebook.com/McCannDW/

Music by Crystal Grooms Mangano http://www.crystalmangano.com/

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