Is there a law against inadvertent harm in a counseling relationship as a result of a dual relationship?
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Counselors operate under rules of ethics that put the interest of the client first. If the counselor has a conflict of interest, the counselor should cease the relationship with the client. The counselor could lose his or her license if not operating in the best interest of the client. This is usually the extent of the law in this regard. If physical or emotional (which physical symptoms) harm was caused by the conduct of the counselor, there may be a suit for negligence.