Emotional Abuse in Therapy

Michelle Webster*

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This paper presents the experiences of clients who have been emotionally abused in therapy. By this I mean the intentional and unintentional conduct they experienced from therapists towards them that was not in their best interests. By sharing these experiences, I will explore emotional abuse in therapy, how it can be defined, the effects of such on clients and the methods of healing these traumatic experiences. Recommendations will be discussed in the light of this information for practising therapists, professional training and development, standards and ethical committees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-145
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1991

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