This book produces evidence for the research effectiveness of therapies and makes the moral case for bringing together human psychological welfare needs and the expanding number of skilled, ethically sensitive people ready to listen and respond in the most deeply human and needed way.

The Philosophical and Ethical Basis of Benefit

The philosophical and ethical basis of benefit

In this chapter, I shall consider the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy from two points of view: what a person is entitled to, and what a person should be entitled to. Both these points of view command a landscape rather than a close-up. Other chapters in this book will have considered how the benefits of psychotherapy can be measured. This is often a quite pragmatic decision, say about which outcome questionnaires are suitable. In this chapter, I shall step back to ask what a benefit is, and how it might apply to psychotherapy.

It may be timely to do this because the benefits that psychotherapy has been expected to provide have not materialized. ...

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