Counselling Dilemma: Dual Relationship Boundaries
You have been working with a client for the last 3 months on rebuilding his life and re-integrating into society after having spent 6 years in prison for sex offences. For the last month, you have been working on issues of him frequently stealing money from his girlfriend’s wallet for drinks with his mates, him lying to her about his past and difficulties in holding down a job. Last weekend, your sister organised a party and invited you as she really wanted you to meet her boyfriend (whom she had been going out with for 3 months and they are now contemplating marriage). To your surprise, when you arrived, her boyfriend was none other than your client.
What do you do as the counsellor/therapist in this situation?