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Swipe Right for… My Therapist? Ethical Considerations for Therapists Using Dating Apps

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There is a lack of research on the experiences of mental health professionals using dating applications as well as the clinical and ethical implications that may follow. Previous studies have found that clinicians are utilizing dating profiles and are discovering or being discovered by their clients. Despite this current engagement, there are no specific guidelines to help clinicians ethically navigate dating applications. In response, this work explores the existing literature on dating applications, clinicians’ encounters with dating applications, and how the ethical considerations of boundaries, self-disclosure, and self-presentation may inform the use of dating applications. Throughout, the authors highlight these ethical concerns and provide suggestions for mental health professionals who are utilizing these platforms and for those who may be considering creating a dating profile.

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Correspondence to Lexie Unhjem.

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Unhjem, L., Hoss, L., Roberts, B. et al. Swipe Right for… My Therapist? Ethical Considerations for Therapists Using Dating Apps. Contemp Fam Ther 43, 177–188 (2021).

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