Our expert says:
I'm not sure whether this is an issue of formal professional ethics, rather than sensible ( or foolish ) parenting. It is however generally accepted practise, that a doctor or psychologist should not treat their own family, because it is so difficult to be objective when doing so.
It used to be professional practice, which I have always followed, but very few others now seem to do, to not charge other doctors, psychologists, nurses, or their families, when treating them.
Now, it is also considered bad ethical practice for a psychologist to have sexual affairs with current OR FORMER patients.
One of the reasons such liaisons are frowned on is because it is so easy for the doc or shrink to exploit the vulnerabilities of the former patient - and it is easy for him/her to persuade the former patient not to complain when perhaps she ought to do so.
You're not beiing harsh at all - I, also, would not want to be associated with someone with such a selfish and self-centred view of the world, and such a personally convenient misinterpretation of normal ethical and professional rules and practices
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