Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility

Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility

Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility

Paul, a divorced father, wants to back out of his child care arrangement and spend less time with his children.Nathan has been lying to his wife about a serious medical condition.Marsha, recently separated from her husband, cannot resist telling her children negative things about their father.What is the role of therapy in these situations? Trained to strive for neutrality and to focus strictly on the clients’ needs, most therapists generally consider moral issues such as fairness, truthfulness, and obligation beyond their domain. Now, an award-winning psychologist and family therapist criticizes psychotherapy’s overemphasis on individual self-interest and calls for a sense of moral responsibility in therapy.

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  1. L. Hotchkiss "Lewstermax" said,

    Wrote on December 15, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Author offers a much needed correction for psychotherapy., August 16, 1999
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    This review is from: Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility (Paperback)

    William Doherty hits the nail on the head in offering an alternative to the professional’s approach concerning today’s human problems. In the name of responsible psychotherapy, so many professionals have done a grave disservice to families and communities by eliminating responsibility to others in their guidance.

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  2. Jennifer "Jennifer" said,

    Wrote on December 15, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Influenced by post modern viewpoint, February 18, 2012
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    L. Hotchkiss “Lewstermax” (Out in deep space) –
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    This review is from: Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility (Paperback)

    The variability of “truth” seems to play a somewhat important role in this book. Who’s truth? Who’s foundation of psychotherapy? Doherty doesn’t really answer these questions directly(very post modern) but gives you bits and pieces that help you see somewhat of a justification for his method of psychotherapy.
    His examples are quite helpful, for a how-to-do-it. My therapist swears by this book and would not let me divorce my wife on a whim, or make some other life-choice without considering my responsibilities to everyone involved. This is good. In other therapist’s rooms, I’ve been treated like “meat”, or allowed to just wander wherever my dialogue would take me, not getting anything done, but “doing value-neutral therapy” nonetheless.
    Doherty, is not about old fashioned “value-neutral therapy”. Instead, he substitutes his-values-therapy which just happens to be very middle-class safe. In the wrong hands, this book could pseudo-justify an negative moral agenda whereby the therapist ends up bedding down the most beautiful patient he has seen in a long time. Dangerous ground!
    But, Doherty has a point that is well worth exploring. It just needs better moral underpinnings.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on December 15, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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    Good points, but he could make them more concisely, July 5, 2001
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    Jennifer “Jennifer” (Jamaica Plain, MA United States) –

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    This review is from: Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility (Paperback)

    Perhaps it was because Doherty was mainly preaching to the choir, but I didn’t find this book to offer any startling revelations. I had to read it for a seminar, and found myself skimming the later sections of the book. It was well written and easy to read. He just could have said what he had to say in fewer pages.

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