• 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.

Critiques of Psychotherapy
Critiques of psychotherapy

The goal of psychotherapy is to alleviate human suffering and to facilitate individuals to realise their psychological and emotional potential. However, there are in many individual cases impediments to achieving these goals which lie beyond the scope or reach of psychotherapeutic endeavour. Human unhappiness is predicated upon a complex interplay between objective current environmental factors and subjective intrapsychic distortions or limitations to perception, affect and cognition, to a greater or lesser extent based on the individual's historical experience. It is specifically in this second subjective arena that psychotherapy is relevant. While a better functioning person may be more likely to effect changes in their environment which may in turn increase their level of satisfaction and happiness with life, it would ...

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