Key virtues of the psychotherapist: a eudaimonic view

Authored by: Blaine J. Fowers , Emily Winakur

The Handbook of Virtue Ethics

Print publication date:  November  2013
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9781844656394
eBook ISBN: 9781315729053
Adobe ISBN: 9781317544777

10.4324/9781315729053.ch34

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Abstract

In a little over a century, psychotherapy has grown from an obscure and rare practice to a widely accepted and common professional treatment for psychological and social problems in contemporary Western societies. Psychotherapy is not only widely sought out by private individuals; it has also become ensconced in central institutions, including education, the legal system, health insurance and the armed services. It is practised by a wide variety of professionals, whose qualifications and practices are regulated in many countries. Nevertheless, psychotherapy is not at all unified, with dozens of theoretical approaches that specify a vast array of techniques.

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