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The Ethics of Psychotherapy

The Ethics of Psychotherapy

The practice of psychotherapy is governed by many rules. Since it is considered a medical procedure, there is a tightly controlled legal framework for it. For psychotherapy to be effective, the therapist must follow particular rules of engagement for the communication process, for instance not to talk about herself too much during the therapy sessions (this is called self-disclosure.) These are the clinical rules for the psychotherapy process. Finally, psychotherapy also has a business dimension, and there are rules that govern the business relation as well.

Ethical rules for psychotherapy build upon the body of principles established over the centuries by the healthcare professions.  It begins with the ancient Greek Hippocratic Oath that defines the relationship between a doctor and her patient. Here is the updated and modernized version from the World Medical Association, last amended in 1994: Read more about The Ethics of Psychotherapy