`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther

Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Controversies in psychotherapy and counselling

An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.

(William Hazlitt, 1778–1830)

It is easily forgotten perhaps that psychotherapy has always been (or originally was) a deeply controversial field, many of its early controversies being associated with theories of the unconscious and infantile sexuality which offended ordinary citizens 100 years ago. But it has also been controversial within professional ranks, medical practitioners and lay analysts having had their share of conflict over ownership, effectiveness and theoretical correctness. Therapist has fought with therapist, sometimes quite acrimoniously, and broken away from close colleagues ...

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