I honestly don't understand the references to "mutual attraction" between patient and therapist I hear about periodically. Although we therapists are occasionally attracted to a patient, I can't imagine a situation in which it is clinically appropriate to reveal this to a patient--unless one is explaining why one has chosen to terminate therapy. Even in this extreme case, a therapist should only reveal his/her attraction AFTER he/she has made such a decision, rather than "thinking out loud" with a patient. No patient should be asked to handle the awesome responsibility and feelings that come with the certain knowledge that their therapist is attracted to them.
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