Also when a patient comes to a psychologist, it is because the former is ill and thus vulnerable to whatever the therapist says or tells him/her to do.
When a person’s physical and mental faculties are thus compromised, any relationship entered into is usually not from a position of strength and equality but rather weakness and vulnerability.
However the Ethics Code also mentions that multiple relationships that would not reasonably be expected to cause impairment or risk exploitation or harm are not unethical.
Psychologists and former patients Apart from prohibiting romantic and sexual relations between psychologists and a current patient, the Ethics Code of American Psychologists Association also has strict rules on psychologists dating former patients.
All these possibilities are strongly present in case of a dating relationship between the psychologist and a patient.Psychologists and current clients Almost all developed societies prohibit any romantic or sexual relationship between a psychologist and a current patient.The American Association of Psychology is unequivocal about the issue and rule 10.05 of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct absolutely forbids Sexual Intimacies With Current Therapy Clients/Patients1.For this reason, A sexual involvement is unethical because the psychologist can no longer exercise beneficence in the professional relationship.Then again, the psychologist is in a position of power over the patient.Thus it is quite common for a client to have good feelings about his/her therapist, and see these feelings as the beginning of romance.