Ethical Therapy: Toby Watson

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Dr Toby Watson

Can psychotherapy be a replacement for medication for psychosis and extreme states? Should therapists hospitalize suicidal clients against their will — even when they could be traumatized by the very care intended to protect them?

Dr. Toby Watson, clinical psychologist, discusses how to be an ethical therapist in an era of medications, diagnostic labels, and forced treatment.

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  1. Can psychotherapy be a replacement for medication for psychosis and extreme states? Should therapists hospitalize suicidal clients against their will — even when they could be traumatized by the very care intended to protect them? Dr. Toby Watson, clinical psychologist, discusses how to be an ethical therapist in an era of medications, diagnostic labels, and forced treatment.

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  2. Hi again,
    I forgot to ask one more thing. If I understood correctly, Toby Watson advocates the view that clients should be able to share anything without fear of being reported to the police or other relevant services. The example given during the discussion was battery/domestic violence.
    I was wondering whether both you and Watson would extend this attitude to sexual abuse (i.e. your client admits to not being able to stop sexually abusing his child and/or partner), and the situations in which the client expresses serious murderous intent (i.e. the sort of intent that is judged to be more than just hyperbolic/bombastic language use).
    Sarah

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  3. Hi,
    I was just wondering whether either you or Toby Watson have ever lost a client to suicide. And if yes how did that make you feel like?
    Sarah

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  4. Well, I’m sure there are plenty more on this site. I am so grateful for this interview. I learned so much and have renewed my faith in psychotherapy. I appreciate Toby’s story about how he let his client take responsibility for her own life and didn’t try to stop her from committing suicide because that would have been reinforcing that she get attention by trying to commit suicide and in the end she eventually got better. Love that confidence in his ethics! Totally inspiring.
    I’m thrilled to know of the resources for connecting with like-minded meds free psychotherapists as I would like to team up with them with the somatic movement work that I do.
    Thank you Toby and Will for an excellent interview!
    Michelle Hart
    Somatic Movement Educator
    http://www.movingfromtheinside.com

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