The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics

Short description

Edited by Manuel Trachsel, Jens Gaab, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Şerife Tekin, and John Z. Sadler, the Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics is a project which started in 2016. The complete handbook is planned to be published in print in 2021. It covers the whole range of ethical issues in the heterogenous field of psychotherapy, closing a commonly perceived gap between ethical sensitivity, technical language, and knowledge among psychotherapists. The primary audience is psychotherapists in clinical practice. Furthermore, the Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics addresses the whole range of professionals providing mental health services beyond psychology and medicine including counselors, social workers, nurses, or ministers.

This handbook is currently in development, with individual chapters published online in advance of print publication.

National and international collaborators

  • Prof. Jens Gaab, PhD - University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Prof. John Z. Sadler, MD - UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas
  • Prof. Şerife Tekin - University of San Antonio, Texas

Involved PAPE group researchers

Nikola Biller-Andorno, Manuel Trachsel


So far, this project has been advanced without specific funding.

Online published chapters authored by members of IBME or editors of the handbook


  • Corre, V., Bhola, P., & Trachsel, M. (2020). Ethical issues in psychotherapy research.
  • Blease, C., Kelley, J. M., & Trachsel, M. (2020). Patient information on evidence and clinical effectiveness of psychotherapy.
  • Lampley, S. F., & Sadler, J. Z., (2020). Legitimate and illegitimate imposition of therapists’ values on patients.
  • Elsner, A. M., & Rampton, V. (2020). Ethics of care approaches in psychotherapy.
  • Zürcher, T. (2020). Free will, responsibility, and blame in psychotherapy.
  • Andorno, R. (2020). Dignity in psychotherapy.
  • Phillips, J., & Sadler, J. Z. (2020). Evidence, science, and ethics in talk-based healing practices.
  • Stoll, J., & Trachsel, M. (2019). Ethical aspects of online psychotherapy. 
  • Zur, O., & Trachsel, M. (2019). Beyond the office walls: ethical issues of home treatment, and other out-of-office therapies. 
  • McKean, A., Trachsel, M., & Croarkin, P. (2019). The ethics of informed consent for psychotherapy. 
  • Sadler, J. Z., (2019). Ethics considerations in selecting psychotherapy modalities and formats. 
  • Reiter-Theil, S., & Wetterauer, C. (2019). Ethics of the Psychotherapeutic Alliance, Shared Decision Making and Consensus on Therapy Goals.