Thank you again for your answer. Of course, I am in Australia and yes a number of former (or exited) members of the site I referred to have formed their own group, although this is not for group therapy as such. Here is an example: me. I was a member of this group for over 2 years without difficulties, but ran into trouble once I sent a letter protesting the removal of another person (in very measured terms, I might add
) and constructively criticising some aspects of the service - which, by the way, is almost totally funded by the Australian government. The service also includes professional counselling and this is overseen by the same psychologist - I started counselling but since they only offered me a supervised student (no choice given) it was not successful (slow, laborious and process driven) so I believe there are some conflicts there as well. I guess the main question is whether it is ethical for a psychologist to remove a person on mental health grounds (without notifying the person of that reason - in my case, I discovered this via a former member of staff who overheard a conversation concerning me) when they haven't had consultation with the person or their health professional. I suppose in reality I am trying to get a handle on what is ethical and what isn't, and I realise this might be a difficult and not very straightforward question. I cannot find any other sites on the web that operate in the same way this one does.
In fact, the other thing I am concerned about is that if a person is ejected from the site - which occurs with a statement that they will no longer correspond with you - and goes on to do something harmful that is triggered by the rejection - what is the ethical position on this? Again, in this case, I suppose noone would ever know because the site insists on totaly anonymity, they won't communicate with you, and unless the person leaves a detailed suicide note or the like, it can never be connected back to the site - which if it was, no doubt would be met with a response saying the person was depressed, and not their fault. I think this is a possible and very scary prospect.
I will click the ACCEPT button but wasn't sure if I could then also reply, so I will do this once I receive your response. Thank you again for giving this consideration.