Our expert says:
Mayeb it's understandable that they feel able to use your services, but there's also the important issue that it's hard to be effective and to remain ethical and neutral when you are PART of the family system you are expected to advise. So empghasize the ethical aspects of the situation, too, not merely the formal qualifications ( or they'll jus save up all their issues until youN ARE fully qualified ) --- and remind them that you are not supposed to intervene in the family problems any more than a surgeo ought to operate on her husband.
Now you'll understand why I found it useful at parties to imply that I was an accountant ? Because people tend not to attent social gatherings carrying their spreadsheets, whereas everyone takes their gripes to a party.
How would they respond if, before you listened to their latest complaint, you asked THEM for advice on any of your concerns ?
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