Just got this from one of the listservs and wanted to get SDNs view on the issue:
Thoughts?I am hoping that perhaps some of you that are early career and seasoned may be able to answer this question as a colleague is struggling with this issue.
Therapist is seeing a family for family therapy. Presenting issues within the family are varied and individual but also collective ie there is a collective reason why they are in therapy, however all struggle with their own individual issues as a result of the collective issue which brought them into therapy. Therapist is also seeing one of the children in individual therapy. The mother now also wants to be seen by the same therapist for individual therapy and also wants her other children to be seen by the same therapist for individual therapy.
The therapist is uncomfortable with seeing what would amount to all family members in individual and well as family therapy. This is in part due to the fact that the therapist has to make reports of progress and findings to the court because the case is court involved.
Is it appropriate for the therapist to refer each family member to have their own individual therapist and just continue as the family therapist? What is the appropriate clinical/ethical line of action?