Year: 1988 Source: Counseling Psychologist, v.16, no.1, (January 1988). p.128-138 SIEC No: 19890757

A rational client’s decision to suicide may present particularly complex ethical issues for a therapist. This article presents and discusses a 3-month account of therapy with such a client, from the perspective of the ethical values and principles upon which assessment and treatment decisions were made, and the complex ethical dilemmas encountered as the therapist juxtaposed the client’s autonomy with the irreversibility of her potential death by suicide.