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Experience:  Licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota
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John was a counselor and had been counseling a young woman

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John was a counselor and had been counseling a young woman for a couple of months. Slowly over time, she started wearing provocative clothing to the sessions and began displaying some seductive behavior toward him. John wanted to make sure he protected himself, so he started meeting her in his office with the door wide open and having his secretary nearby.

Provide your opinion on how John was handling this situation. Was his solution good or bad? What is your opinion on "women counseling women" vs. "men counseling women"?
John was not addressing the issue at all. He was indirect with his actions. He could have pointed out his observations of her attire and see how she responded. I don't believe that there should be a standard of who counsels who. If the client is more comfortable with a certain person then accommodations should be made. This should not factor into any decision made by the counselor.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

In this case do you think that John should have referred his client to someone else?

I see no reason to. So the client is dressing differently. He should address it with her. If it continues and it impacts his ability to help her then transfer.
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