Psychology and the Patient/Counselor Relationship Term Paper by Nicky

An in-depth discussion on the role of the therapist/patient relationship and the need for appropriate boundaries.
# 151451 | 2,732 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2012 in Psychology (Therapies) , Ethics (General)

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The paper discusses the sensitive nature of the patient/counselor relationship and the ethical responsibility of the therapist to avoid inappropriate interaction or exchange with his patient. The paper goes on to illustrate how the establishment of a positive and constructive relationship is central to the psychology process and is magnified by such modes as psychotherapy and its offshoots of reality therapy and person-centered therapy. The paper emphasizes how a fine balance must be achieved by which the therapist achieves the proper degree of emotional supportiveness and trust without compromising the barriers that are intended to keep the relationship appropriate and professional.

From the Paper:

"With person-centered therapy, the emphasis is somewhat differently placed, with attention given to the capacity more carefully measured establishment of relationship and trust between client and counselor. The school of thought was developed in the mid-20th century by Carl Rogers, whose influence would lead the form of therapy to be alternately referred to as Rogerian therapy. Accordingly, "the basic elements of Carl Rogers' new way of therapy was to have a more personal relationship with the patient to help the patient reach a state of realization that they can help themselves. He did this by pushing the patient towards growth, great stress on the immediate situation rather than the past." (Wikipedia, 1) In this regard, the approach here dictated would serve as something of a departure from the ideas and processes momentously offered by Freud's psychotherapy.
"In particular, this school of thought--and as point of fact also the reality-based therapy--would recognize that "one's past plays a crucial role in shaping one's current personality and behavior." (Corey, 4) Indeed, this is an ideal stressed in the basic outlook and approach to psychotherapy. But where a remote stimulation of the patient to reflect on his past will not necessarily help to cultivate the desired relationship between patient and counselor, in person-centered therapy the therapist removes obstacles from the patient's attachment thereto. Here, the relationship between client and counselor becomes an intimate boundary within which the former can find the comfort to reflect honestly and openly on this past and its implications to the crises and obstacles of the present."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Corey, G. (2000). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy, 6th Edition. Wadsworth.
  • Fisher, C.B. (2008). Decoding the Ethics Code. Sage Publications.
  • Glasser, W. (1975). Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry. Harper Collins Perennial.
  • Holcomb, W.R. (2006). Thinking Correctly About Ethics: A Review of Ethical Practice in Forensic Psychology. Psychology Critiques, 51(48), 1554-1556.
  • Jordan, A.E. & Meara, N.M. (1990). Ethics and the Professional Practice of Psychologists: The Role of Virtues and Principles. Professional Psychology Resource Press, 21(2), 107-114.

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