Permanently prohibiting involvement may compromise the client's exercise of autonomy in determining with whom, and how, to be involved in personal relationships.The issue of sexual involvements with former clients therefore requires its own analysis to determine when, if ever, such involvements may be ethically permissible or, put a different way, whether and to what extent such involvements should be prohibited.
Here we see the important relationship between the ethical and the empirical: To clarify and deepen the ethical analysis, we must examine these relationships in light of data.
They were often fine, caring men and women, but they had serious difficulty living together happily- not at the beginning, but after several years.
The bottom line often came down to either very different personalities or very different values.
Sexual involvements with former clients and patients, however, are more complicated from an ethical perspective.
Time may attenuate the intensity and even the likelihood that an involvement will result in harm.