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`I enjoyed this book, and think that it should find a grateful and attentive readership in the practical field as well as being a central text in academic settings. It will also be well received by those, like myself, for whom the interest is more in deconstructing than psychotherapy' -Dialogues This book takes the discursive and postmodern turn in psychotherapy a significant step forward and will be of interest to all those working in mental health who are concerned with challenges to oppression and processes of emancipation. It achieves this by: reflecting on the role of psychotherapy in contemporary culture; developing critiques of language in psychotherapy that unravel its claims to personal truth
Chapter 12: Can (and Should) We Know How, Where and When Psychotherapy Takes Place?
Can (and Should) We Know How, Where and When Psychotherapy Takes Place?
This chapter is a dual and well-intentioned attempt to create non-knowledge where there was knowledge before. What we do could be called ‘deconstruction of the concept of psychotherapy’ combined with an effort to (partially) deconstruct the idea that deconstruction is a basic process in psychological healing. First, we try, a little provocatively, to show that there isn't anything which should be called ‘psychotherapy’. Second, we attempt to give some grounds for not making too much of deconstruction in this field. What we mean by the latter expression will become apparent only in the very end of the article (we hope).