Special Dual Relationships
Part 7 consists of two chapters that fall outside the usual purview of most dual relationships and one that delves deeply into the vicissitudes of a profound friendship between a therapist and a client. First, Clifford Lazarus (chapter 26) discusses a boundary crossing that goes beyond the customary functions and expectations that typically entail what psychotherapists address. He inquires if a psychotherapist may, can, and should step out of role on occasion and perform the functions of a matchmaker? He discusses the dual relationship of therapist and matchmaker, its pros and cons, and provides a responsible modus operandi for implementing it. In chapter 27, Thomas discusses bartering in lieu of monetary or customary fees. This is a provocative and insightful chapter in which he describes how to meet one’s client’s needs first and foremost, and how to avoid the pitfalls of creating excessive gratitude in impecunious clients. Finally, in chapter 28, Goldin describes what enticed her to cross a therapeutic boundary, and the emotional journey that ensued when she and her client developed a profound friendship. She regards the way it finally turned out as one of the most powerful and greatest accomplishments of her career.