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One of the foundations of effective psychotherapy is the ethical requirement of confidentiality. In a therapeutic relationship, the patient is encouraged to share his or her most personal thoughts, feelings, and concerns, with the expectation that through full disclosure, the therapist will be able to provide assistance or help in working through the patient’s issues. The therapist has an ethical responsibility to keep the patient’s information confidential and private from others. In the therapeutic setting, where patient information is kept confidential, the patient can feel free to share his or her most sensitive and secretive information with the therapist, without fear that the information will be divulged to others. This forms the basis of a trusting relationship, which allows the therapist to be able ...

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