As a psychotherapist:
• I must first do no harm.
• I will promote healing and well-being in my clients and place
the client’s and public’s interests above my own at all times.
• I will respect the integrity of the persons with whom I am working,
and I will remain objective in my relationships with clients and will
act with integrity in dealing with other professionals.
• I will provide only those services for which I have had the appropriate
training and experience and will keep my technical competency at the highest
level in order to uphold professional standards of practice.
• I will not violate the physical boundaries of the client and will
always provide a safe and trusting haven for healing.
• I will defend the profession against unjust criticism and defend
colleagues against unjust actions.
• I will seek to improve and expand my knowledge through continuing
• I will refrain from any conduct that would reflect adversely upon
the best interest of The American Psychotherapy Association and its ethical
| “Each time my copy of Annals arrives, I open it immediately! I’m very eager to read the various articles that contain something of interest for all psychotherapists. While I appreciate the articles on newer, cutting-edge topics such as life coaching, professional writing, and working with the media, I can also be certain that more traditional subjects are included. Because of the diversity of articles and the format of Annals, I’m inclined to read it and share it with other colleagues!”
--Anne D. Gooding, Ph.D., DSW, CSW, DAPA
"Psychotherapy has become an endangered species, devalued and de-professionalized in our society. The APA dedicates its resources to uplifting this healing art form to the status it deserves. As a professional organization it strives to protect psychotherapy from the multitude of forces currently hostile to its development."
--James F. Zender, Ph.D., DAPA