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Psychotherapy: Advantages and Disadvantages

What are the advantages and disadvantages of personal psychotherapy as a requirement of graduate training programs. Please cite any relevant ethical codes by the APA.

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Welcome warmly to BM! I offer 200 words of my notes and references. Please rate 5/5 accordingly.

As you briefly identify some of the benefits, I feel that it allows a greater sense of awareness with psychotherapy; it allows one to fully immerse in the experience of a therapeutic process to foster a personal as well as professional understanding. It also provides a method for closer self-assessment and self-observation. If graduate student can comprehend the process on a personal level, then their levels of transfer to a professional domain can be heightened.

Researchers such as Irvin Yalom cite that it is beneficial and ethical since "therapist's most valuable instrument ... the therapist's own self." It also is helpful for instilling greater empathy for patients, fostering more "patience and tolerance of ...

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The advantages and disadvantages of personal psychotherapy as a requirement of graduate training programs are briefly summarized. 200 words of my notes and references are utilized.

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