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Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D., ABPP
Psychotherapists now know that boundary violations in the therapeutic setting are bad, but most can’t tell you why. Therapists will say it is because of the loss of objectivity and potential for exploitiveness. True, but there is so much more to it. It is critical to understand something about development first to really understand what it means to the patient. Theories of therapy that are not based on the developmental model can’t really explain why boundary violations traumatize.
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