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What Is “Therapeutic Relationship” and Does It Exist?

One of the popular terms in therapists’ vocabulary I detest is “therapeutic relationship”. I find it illusory, pretentious, confusing and also dangerous. It has harmed many people, myself included, and yet it has been regarded as a major (if not THE major) healing factor in therapy. The “healing” value of a “therapeutic relationship” is one of

 
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The Difference Between Psychology and Psychotherapy

Yes, contrary to what you and many people think, “psychology” and “psychotherapy” are not the same concepts and, therefore, cannot be used interchangeably. The tendency to confuse those terms comes up a lot whenever people discuss the effectiveness of psychotherapy and creates a series of disconnected communications in which all sides of the debate can’t

 
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Informed Consent in Psychotherapy

Informed Consent is probably one single important aspect of therapy that could set up the entire therapy process either for success or for failure from the get go and could either increase or decrease the risk of harm to a client. Both the therapist and the client are best protected when client is well-informed about a

 
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Is This Ethical?

In the article “When the Therapist’s Behavior Is Confusing”  I talk about situations when people aren’t sure if their therapists are being helpful or if they even know what they are doing. Other common scenario is when the client starts questioning the therapist’s actions beyond the areas of competence or professional judgment. They start questioning

 
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