Ethical Dilemmas in online interactions between therapist’s and clients

Ethical Dilemmas in online interactions between therapist’s and clients

I have to write a paper on the ethical dilemma’s found in the following scenario. It is due tonight… Scenario: Phil is a therapist who has recently married his long-time partner Tom. He and Tom have a joint Facebook account where they post articles and memes pertaining to LGBT activism. Phil has many LGBT clients and he has accepted clients as “facebook friends” because he doesn’t consider “facebook friends” real friends. He and Tom do not post personal pictures on their Facebook page, nor do they share any details about their personal lives on this page. One of Phil’s clients, Jerry, has messaged him through Facebook that he has a crush on him and begs Phil not to tell anyone, as he is in the closet and no one knows that he is gay, not even his wife. Tom sees the message (as it is a joint account) and insists that he wants Phil to not only “unfriend” Jerry, but also to drop him as a client. What should Phil do?