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date: 27 January 2020

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In this chapter, I review the ethical issues that are common to all therapies. I suggest that ethical reasoning is an intrinsic part of all the psychological therapies; specifically, reasoning that involves consideration of values and changes in value perspectives. I discuss traditional ethical concerns in psychological therapy, and go on to explore more contemporary concerns, including the construction of autonomy, privacy, and change as a political stance. I conclude that all the psychological therapies seek to help people “change their minds” to some degree and thereby to change their evaluations of themselves, their situations, and others. Judgments about enhancement of preferences and the value of change are therefore at the heart of all therapies.

Keywords: values, change, therapy, autonomy, ethical issues

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