Ethical Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

Walking the Line

  • Poornima Bhola
  • Ahalya Raguram

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Rathna Isaac
    Pages 19-36
  3. Sowmya Bhaskaran T.S., Shekhar P. Seshadri
    Pages 37-55
  4. Sobhana H., Priya Saxena, Buli Nag Daimari
    Pages 87-104
  5. Anuradha Kapoor, Chandana Baksi
    Pages 125-139
  6. Ellen Mrinalini Shinde
    Pages 155-168
  7. Kakli Gupta, Ananya Sinha, Poornima Bhola
    Pages 169-186
  8. B Vinay, J. Lakshmi, Suresh Bada Math
    Pages 199-217
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 239-247

About this book


This edited volume comprehensively examines the critical ethical challenges that arise in the practice of counselling and psychotherapy. It translates philosophical positions and professional ethical guidelines in a way that can be applied to practice. The various chapters focus on specific ethical issues that emerge in working with a range of different client groups; for example, children, couples and families. While some ethical imperatives are common across the board, others could be more closely associated with certain client groups. Practitioners might experience uncertainty in working with vulnerable client groups; for example, lesbian/gay/transgender/intersex (LGBT) clients, or persons who report intimate partner violence. Several chapters raise questions, provide information and additional resources to enhance ethically informed practice. Chapter contributions also highlight the ethical dilemmas that might be unique to certain contexts; for example, private practice, schools and consultation-liaison settings. This volume also addresses contemporary and relatively less understood playing fields like ‘digital ethics’ related to therapist-client interface in the internet space and the navigation of ethical dilemmas in the newly emerging field of employee assistance programmes which address mental health needs in the corporate sector. Written by experienced practitioners of psychotherapy, and culturally contextualized, this is a valuable resource for academics and practitioners interested in psychotherapy and counselling.


Counsellor ethics Couple and family therapy Employee assistance Ethical review boards Ethics and training for psychotherapists Ethics in child psychotherapy Online therapy Partner violence Private practice and counselling Research ethics Working with transgender and intersex clients

Editors and affiliations

  • Poornima Bhola
    • 1
  • Ahalya Raguram
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical PsychologyNational Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)BangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Department of Clinical PsychologyNational Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) BangaloreIndia

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