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.

Future Trends and Developments

Future trends and developments

In looking towards the future of the profession there are a number of themes that stand out as important:

  • The protection of the client through clearer generic standards and clear channels of accountability
  • Re-thinking provision of psychotherapy, in both the NHS and the private sector
  • Developing practice and method so that psychotherapy can have greater applicability across social and cultural groups
  • Looking at ways to embed therapeutic principles in daily life

Protecting the Public

As we saw in Chapter 6, the position of psychotherapy as a profession is anomalous. On the one hand the title ‘psychotherapist’ is not protected and so anybody can call themselves a psychotherapist. On the other, training as a psychotherapist is seen as a route to consultant status within the ...

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