`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

The Main Change Agent in Effective Psychotherapy is Specific Technique and Skill

The main change agent in effective psychotherapy is specific technique and skill

I shall perhaps be taking a peculiar or ‘perverse’ view in this chapter – namely that the relationships between the therapist and client is often, but definitely not always, a main change agent in effective psychotherapy if. If what? If the therapist has a specific theory and if he or she has workable techniques and skills, including social and persuasive skills, to bring to the therapeutic relationship.

Am I cavilling in taking this and/also rather than either/or position? I think not. For I doubt whether any either/or position, especially in a complex field like therapy, is adequate. As I have said for many ...

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