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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

Toward a Non-Regulative Praxis
Toward a non-regulative praxis

Can anyone do effective therapy without becoming an instrument of social control, without participating and contributing, often unknowingly, to the construction or the maintenance of a dominant discourse of oppression?

(Gianfranco Cecchin, 1993: ix)

Since its inception, psychotherapy has undergone seemingly dramatic changes in orientation, as have the models derived from these orientations. The most recent of these has occurred over the last decade, largely influenced by the notion that our realities are socially constructed and language-constituted. Language being seen as active and constitutive rather than simply representative, the therapeutic encounter has come to be thought of as a milieu for the creative generation of meaning and therapy itself as a process of semiosis – the forging of new meaning in ...

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