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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

Your Patient Is Not Your Friend

Updated: Feb 14

Keeping our professional boundaries can be a real challenge in our profession.

We spend a lot of time with our patients. They are often really cool people.

And we're discussing intimate topics about their lives they may only talk about with really close friends.

Your Patient Is Not Your Friend

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We should certainly still have fun. Laugh. Make a connection with our patients.

But when they cross over into the 'friend zone' we often struggle to provide the same level of care. It's a challenge for all of us, but we have to recognize when we're acting more like a friend than a clinician.

We can shy away from challenging patients we get too close to. Break boundaries by communicating outside of our sessions. Worry more about being liked than about providing the highest level of care. Or even just allow the conversation to stray from clinical topics to more personal ones.

If you're struggling with a few patients who are closing in on the 'friend zone', make sure to check out this 'sode!

As Nicole said in the full episode:

"It can happen to anyone, but can happen more if they are the same age or same life circumstances..." - Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS

Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.

Dedicated to forever changing pelvic health with online clinical courses to help you be more confident in your practice and business resources to help start and grow pelvic health businesses.

Jesse Cozean, MBA

Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.

Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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