A CONSUMER-ORIENTED APPROACH TO PSYCHOTHERAPY

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Abstract

An argument is made for a consumer-oriented approach to psychotherapy which focuses on the perspective and role of the client in the therapeutic contract. It is recommended that therapists clearly specify their type of therapy in the initial contract, and engage in ongoing evaluation by soliciting periodic feedback from clients. Moreover, it is suggested that followup evaluation, consumer protection boards, and client involvement in problem-definition and problem-resolution-planning may all help to ensure protection of a client's rights.

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