Post # 1
I don’t know if it is appropriate or not to give my therapist a holiday gift. I really really like her, and she has helped me immensely with my anxiety.
Can anyone help!?
Edit: I was thinking of just a bottle of wine, nothing extravagant or personal.
Post # 3
I don’t have a therapist, but I think that would be fine. Especially something consumable like wine, cookies, or other holiday treats.
Post # 4
The only risk here is that you’ll have to tell her what it means that you are giving her a gift. 😉
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! 🙂 Wine it is!
Post # 6
Just a heads up, I’m studying to be a therapist & am taking ethics right now. In the ethics code it says:
“A.10.e. Receiving Gifts – Counselors understand the challenges of accepting gifts from clients and recognize that in some cultures, small gifts are a token of respect and showing gratitude. When determining whether or not to accept a gift from clients, counselors take into account the therapeutic relationship, the monetary value of the gift, a client’s motivation for giving the gift, and the counselor’s motivation for wanting or declining the gift” (ACA, 2005, p. 6).
My professor says each therapist usually has specific rules about gifts, so if it isn’t something your therapist has brought up maybe you might want to touch on it before buying the gift. Otherwise I would say make sure it is a gift that could be used for someone else or yourself in case you therapist doesn’t accept gifts. I would be prepared for the possibility of having to discuss why you are giving the gift and what gift giving means to you.
Personally when I see clients I will most likely accept gifts from clients as long as it won’t harm the client or the therapeutic relationship. So I assume most likely you won’t have any problems. Just figured I would share what I know since I just finished reading it before I got on the boards tonight, lol.
Post # 7
@katjobin: thanks for the professional info 🙂 I wouldn’t be offended if she didn’t accept it and could definitely understand the reasons not to, though I am pretty sure it won’t be a problem! Thanks!!