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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 Applications
Psychotherapy applications

Sigmund Freud strode across the modernist world as a colossus and no discussion of psychotherapeutic application can ignore his contribution. Freud truly was the founding father of ‘talking therapy’, which came to be known as psychotherapy. For a time there was just this one approach – a psychoanalytically driven way of working with people. It was against this Freudian model that approaches could be evaluated as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – the closer to Freud's original dictums, the closer the psychotherapy was to ‘goodness’.

The modernist security in one truth, one approach and one understanding no longer holds in a postmodernist world. There are multiple truths, each one forming its own coherent picture of the world. The old form of objectivism in which a ...

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