`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

Becoming an Effective Psychotherapist or Counsellor: Are Training and Supervision Necessary?

Becoming an effective psychotherapist or counsellor: Are training and supervision necessary?

At first glance, the title of this contribution to discussion of current controversies in psychotherapy and counselling may seem absurd. After all, nobody would question the need for electrical engineers or veterinary surgeons to be highly trained before being permitted to offer their services to the public. Is it not self-evident that the same principles must apply to psychotherapists and counsellors? Notwithstanding, I will demonstrate that evidence supporting the necessity for high levels of academic training in psychotherapy and counselling is conspicuously lacking. I suggest that psychotherapy/counselling is quintessentially a human interpersonal activity, the effectiveness of which is, at most, only weakly related to ...

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