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Dual Relationships

  1. Ofer Zur

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0286

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Zur, O. 2010. Dual Relationships. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Zur Institute, Sonoma, CA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


In psychotherapy, dual relationships, or multiple relationships, refer to situations in which multiple roles exist between a therapist and a client. These are situations in which therapists have additional relationships with their clients beyond the clinical-therapeutic ones. Examples of dual relationships arise when a therapist's client is also the therapist's student, employee, colleague or friend (Zur, 2007).


  • dual relationships;
  • multiple relationships;
  • boundaries