• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

A Short Introduction to Psychotherapy is an accessible guide to the field for anyone embarking on training or simply interested in finding out more about psychotherapy. Mapping the development and dimensions of contemporary practice, the book explores the origins of psychotherapy; its applications in terms of modalities, settings and client populations; central theoretical concepts; the nature of training and career paths for qualified practitioners; and main critiques, both from within and outside psychotherapy. A team of well-known and highly-regarded contributors examine issues which have particular bearing on psychotherapy today.

Psychotherapy – a New Profession

This is a very exciting time for psychotherapy. The field is developing and expanding. It has been well over half a century since we have seen such a burgeoning of ideas.

In writing this short introduction we want to provide a map of the field and focus on some of the key areas of growth. For many psychotherapists, introductory books like this one were thin on the ground when we set out on our own journey to qualification. At that time one of the best ways to find out about psychotherapy was to try a weekend workshop or join a group. The human potential movement which started in earnest in the 1960s gave unrivalled access to gaining first-hand experiential knowledge. ‘Taste ...

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