Rights must be guaranteed for those who have psychotherapeutic treatment, independently of the theoretical orientation of the professional, and formulated according to the psychologists’ and doctors’ code of conduct.
What follows is a list of the rights that must guaranteed to those who have psychotherapeutic treatment, independently of the theoretical orientation of the professional, and formulated according to the psychologists’ and doctors’ code of conduct. They have the right to:
- participate in the creation and development of an individual treatment plan;
- receive an explanation of the services offered for the attainment of the objectives of the treatment plan;
- participate in the treatment spontaneously and with informed consent;
- express their objections to the treatment, or unilaterally decide to conclude it;
- receive an express declaration that the contents of the session are protected by professional secrecy and cannot be disclosed to a third party without written authorization from the patient.
Professional secrecy may only be overridden on the following conditions:
- If the therapist is aware of the abuse of a minor or an elderly person under guardianship.
- If the therapist is aware of the intention of the patient to harm him/herself or others.
- If the therapist receives a court order to override the professional secret.
- receive clinically approved treatment adapted to their needs, provided with competence, reliability and humanity and fully respectful of their dignity and integrity;
- be treated in an ethical manner, free from abuse, discrimination or exploitation;
- be treated by a professional aware of their cultural background;
- be informed of the results expected from all the interventions undertaken;
- ask the therapist to change the treatment plan or method adopted at any point in the therapeutic relationship;
- ask at any moment that another clinician should review the individual treatment plan for a second opinion.