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Carol Kryder LMFT, Mental Health Professional
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I have a young client of 25 who suffers from severe depression.

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I have a young client of 25 who suffers from severe depression. I monitored him through extra sessions and telephone calls during a particular bad attack of depression. On the third week I asked him to go to his doctor. Does this seems a reasonable way to behave or do you think I should have referred him earlier?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Carol Kryder LMFT replied 7 years ago.

To answer your first question, your conduct seems reasonable to me. You spent extra time with him and monitored him for safety. I guess if it had been me, I would want to know if the client was willing to go to the doctor. If so, I would have sent him earlier, but you did not do anything outside of standard of care in my opinion.

As for the second question, we are always in danger if a client becomes angry at us. I suppose a case could be made that you were practicing medicine without a license. I would check with my malpractice insurance representative about the liability issue. I do think you have some exposure.
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