What ethical concerns should I be aware of before I enter into healing /therapy with any practitioner?
An ethical practitioner is someone who –
- Gives Respect and courtesy to you as a client.
- Has a sound knowledge of human nature and behavior and bases his/her suggestions on that.
- Respects and understands Ethical boundaries – A practitioner who wants to be your friend during the course of therapy has done a breach of client – practitioner relationship. It is not a professional code of conduct.
- Does NOT Impose his/her beliefs on you – The practitioner can give you suggestions and guidelines and point out the consequences of your behavior but at no point can he/she impose his/her beliefs or choices on you. A practitioner, who tells you “leave your spouse” even if your spouse is beating you up, is not following ethical protocol. He/she can ask you to consider either leaving your spouse or being with her / him and then explain the consequences of each action and how you can help yourself in each scenario.
- Does not abandon you – The practitioner can terminate the therapy after giving you empowering tools to help yourself and after making feedback arrangements. The practitioner can also refer you to another practitioner who may have more expertise in your problem area but he/ she never abandons you. Abandonment means leaving a client high and dry in the midst of therapy by not attending his/her calls or responding to e-mails. That is unethical.
- Does not use abusive words.
- Does not disclose names of other clients.
- Does not disclose your name or photo anywhere without your permission.
- Listens to you.
- Explains everything patiently and wisely.
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