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Imagine you are now a licensed counselor with a thriving career. A close friend has asked to meet with you one or two times a month to discuss some personal challenges they’ve been experiencing. Your close friend expresses they don’t want to go through formal counseling but would prefer instead to talk to a close friend with counseling experience.

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words: 

  • Describe some differences between friendships and therapeutic relationships.
  • How should the counselor and client relationship differ from that of a counselor and a friend? 
  • What kinds of counseling skills might be used in therapeutic relationships that would not be used when talking to a friend?
  • How might ethics play a role in therapeutic relationship boundaries?