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An ethical dilemma in psychotherapy

  • Jeremy Holmes (a1), Gwen Adshead (a2) and Jeanette Smith (a3)
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This paper examines the ethical principles of justice and autonomy in psychotherapy. A case history is presented which illustrates how ethical dilemmas concerning the type of psychotherapy to be offered are powerfully influenced by often unconscious counter-transference feelings in the resource allocators. The question of how autonomous a psychotherapy patient can be, when unconscious motivations could be affecting rational choice, is also explored and possible answers provided.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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An ethical dilemma in psychotherapy

  • Jeremy Holmes (a1), Gwen Adshead (a2) and Jeanette Smith (a3)
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