Doctors have the Hippocratic oath but what would an oath for psychotherapists be like? The ‘American Psychotherapy Association’ has put together the following Psychotherapist’s Oath:
I must first do no harm.
I will promote healing and well-being in my clients and place the client’s and public’s interests above my own at all times.
I will respect the integrity of the persons with whom I am working, and I will remain objective in my relationships with clients and will act with integrity in dealing with other professionals.
I will provide only those services for which I have had the appropriate training and experience and will keep my technical competency at the highest level in order to uphold professional standards of practice.
I will not violate the physical boundaries of the client and will always provide a safe and trusting haven for healing.
I will defend the profession against unjust criticism and defend colleagues against unjust actions.
I will seek to improve and expand my knowledge through continuing education and training.
I will refrain from any conduct that would reflect adversely upon the best interest of my professional association and its ethical standards of practice.