The Ethical Concerns Of Psychotherapy

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The Research of Psychotherapy Psychotherapy is an interactive process between two individuals or more for the purpose of the improvement or the relief of the suffer of the person from compulsion, troublesome behavior, depression, etc. The process has to be done by using the therapeutic methods which logically relevant to the case under the regulations by laws and the profession. The therapist required for psychotherapy is proficient in both the theories of formation of personality and the techniques and theories of cognitive behavior modification. Founded by Sigmund Freud in the early 20th century, the Modern psychology has been developing and improved its concepts and theories. Psychotherapy, the application of it, has been perfecting…show more content…
It is equally forbidden for the professional secret to be communicated to another, including a doctor. The same is true of other secrets.” (Pope Pius XII). The holy father used confession as a similar example of the principle: The secrets from a psychotherapy should never be revealed to others just like that priests can never disclose the secrets from the confession room. The holly father understood the importance of the secrets of the patients as a principle in psychotherapy. The dignity of a human person can be protected when his or her deep secrets would not be known by others. However, the principle might vary under different circumstances in psychotherapy.
The involvement of the third parties and their benefits are the main causes of the problem of confidentiality. That in what kind of situation should a therapist disclose the content of the therapy is actually hard to be determined. Whether or not leaking the secrets of the patients under certain circumstances is ethical becomes one of biggest ethical dilemma in Psychotherapy. The typical cases will be: If the patient is doing certain illegal activities that violates the law with no one knowing it, should the therapist report it? Do the parents of the patient have the right to know the progress and the content of the therapy? Should the potential victims that might be harmed by the patients be aware of his or her situations? The ways that a therapist handles the problem might cause very critical results.
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