Projected Personal Ethical Dilemma
I am working as a psychological counselor in a well reputed hospital and as a private practitioner in my own private clinic where I see patients on weekends. During my hospital hours, I am regularly involved with the patients going through Depression, anxiety, stress, different kind of traumas, victims of violence and harassment, while, in my own private clinic I am mostly involved with the people who are going through severe depression, mental illness, bipolar disorder and Existential crisis.
Existential Crisis: 代写心理学论文
Existential crisis is a term used when a person is in the phase of inquiring; inquiring about life, whether it is worth living or not? whether it has any meaning, purpose, value or not? It is a very serious Psychological condition and people with right Psychological help can usually recover from it. This condition may lead a person to anxiety, stress, depression and in some severe cases even to suicidal thoughts and eventually, sometimes, attempts to suicide. I am working in my private clinic as a Psychological counselor to help people find their true purpose of life and also to help them recognize that life is worth living by changing their opinions by giving them valid arguments. Words, when articulated and presented rightly, can alter someone’s opinion about life and that is what I do. This can only be done by a person of high intellect and I see myself capable of doing this and love to bring these kinds of people back to life (WILLIAM YANG, 2012)
Faced Dilemma: 代写心理学论文
Recently, I was working with a patient A, who was suffering from Existential crisis – a condition when someone inquires about life, as explained above. I was seeing her twice a week in my private clinic. I was giving her professional guidance and assistance as a Psychologist to help her recognize the true meaning and purpose of her life and also persuading her to make her feel that life is worth giving a fair chance. She was an extraordinarily intelligent girl of 24 years and was tired of meanness and cruelties of life. She literally found no interest in life and had done several failed suicide attempts in the past (Joana Butėnaitė, 2016).
During the sessions, there were these moments when I felt that she is taking more interest in my personal life than professional one but I ignored this, thinking that it is a common attraction among two youngsters of opposite genders. At times, I realized that she is taking more than usual interest and I shouldn’t be ignoring this as my ignorance may lead us to some kind of unpleasant incident that may not be good for her mental condition. Being a young guy at 25, I was also attracted by her elegant beauty and intelligence. The thing that I was fearing happened one day when she expressed her feelings of love towards me. A patient showing interest in her psychologist is normal but here in this case, there was another problem as I was also impressed and was attracted towards her (Cuncic, 2021).
Ethical Dilemma: 代写心理学论文
Being a licensed and professional psychologist, I have been involved in a number of ethical and professional loyalties towards my clients, to the psychological Association Counsel by which I am licensed of being a professional psychologist and has the right to cancel my license anytime if I am found involved in any kind of unethical and illegal activity. Moreover, I have also some personal core ethical values which I strictly follow.
My loyalty towards my patient demands that I shouldn’t be involved in any kind of emotional relationship with her that can have a profound negative impact on her mental health later on, as by involving in any kind of relationship with her, I am just adding to her depression in a longer run. My loyalty to Psychological association counsel has given me a number of lawful rules to abide to be an effective Psychologist. One of those rules that I have accepted to abide upon approval of my license to by the counsel was, “No psychologist can be involved in any kind of emotional and romantic relationship with the client(s) within two years of the treatment and on the report of any such incident, if proved guilty, the psychologist’s license will be cancelled immediately. If your client shows any kind of interest or feelings towards you or if you have any kind of feelings towards you client, you are bound to report it to the counsel immediately and refer her to another psychologist”. My loyalty towards my personal core values also demanded that, it is completely unethical to take the benefits of such a condition where next person’s well-being is completely in my hands and her life depends on me (Byers, 2020).
While facing this difficult and hardening situation, I have asked myself following questions; Am I being fair to my profession and my client by continuing working with her? Can I benefit her in a longer run? What better could any kind of emotional relationship with me can do to her? Is it the right way to move further? would I be able to see myself in the eyes of conscience and say that, I did the wrong thing? What possible solutions do I have by which I may satisfy my conscience and also help her?
Thinking Process: 代写心理学论文
I am bound to report this whole situation to the Psychological Association Counsel by which I am licensed. I am also bound to explain the whole situation to my client in an understanding manner so that it may not have any negative effect on her mental health and well-being. I am bound to refer her to another competent Psychologist, explaining to her the reasons thoroughly, as why is it not ethical and beneficial for her and why I cannot keep working with her anymore. I also don’t want to hurt her feelings and sentiments as it may give rise to her long gone suicidal thoughts. In a sense, my whole career as a Psychologist is at stake as my loyalties towards my client and profession, my personal ethical core values as a psychologist, rules of psychological association and the issue of well-being of my client are involved in this situation (APA, 2010).
Now, I am left with two ways to move further this situation, i.e. Ethically and Unethically. Ethically, I can deal with this situation by reporting the case to psychological association and by referring her to another psychologist. It would be better for her in a longer run as right now she is looking for escape with someone, while seeing another Psychologist can make her see, face and fight reality bravely.
Unethically, I can keep seeing her and ignore all rules. My instinct also tells me that, it would be better to solve this issue unethically as I think that I can have a better emotional and romantic relationship with her. Even my emotions are guiding me to solve the issue unethically as I think of myself being the only one who can help her in solving her problem and can bring her back to the colors of life. Moreover, I am also thinking of having a relationship with her after she is mentally stable and better (Elkatawneh, 2013).
To do all the things unethically means letting my emotions overcome and compromise my professional integrity and loyalty towards my client and my profession. This solution may play a negative role for her mental health. Sometimes, On the other hand, solving all the issues ethically gives me a sense that I am loyal towards my profession, my client and her well-being and I am a law abiding professional but at the same time it also gives me a deranged feeling of guilt that I am unable to do anything for her betterment (Elkatawneh, 2013).
Final Decision: 代写心理学论文
After thinking thoroughly and reviewing all the possible solutions carefully whether ethical or unethical or a blend of both, and by carefully calculating all their results, I decided to solve this dilemma ethically as ethical solution is the best solution for her and my conscience is also satisfied as I didn’t let any kind of emotions overcome my professionalism and compromise my loyalties. During my next session with her, I explained her the full situation that how it is unethical and unlawful for me to proceed further as your psychologist. I told her that humans are all about emotions but there should be no emotions between you and your psychologist as you are completely dependent on him. Moreover, you and your Psychologist are working on your personal development and it requires careful evaluation and emotions cloud evaluation. In my ending remarks, I explained to her about that particular rule of psychological association that we cannot be in any personal contact for two years. You can contact me after two years as someone you know personally but not professionally and we can think about this. I explained to her that how is it necessary for her well-being to keep seeing a competent and professional psychologist and referred to her one of the best psychologist whom I know. To my surprise, after a bit of argument, I persuade her and she agreed to all the terms telling me that she would surely contact me after two years. After the session, I immediately reported this to psychological association and I have been given the advice to stop seeing that particular client. I am satisfied by the way I handled this issue (Director, 2004).
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