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`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

Against and beyond Core Theoretical Models
Against and beyond core theoretical models
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If the unconscious is that which does not fit in, why has it been so difficult to sustain non-compliant versions of psychoanalysis?

(Phillips, 1995: xv)

The session becomes a pretext for decipherment, the need for theoretical coherence and symmetry appears, linked to professional communication, discussion and comparison. This distortion is then played back into further sessions as theory guides practice.

(Heaton, 1993: 114)

Continued use of nebulous labels seriously hinders our efforts to achieve open enquiry, informed pluralism and intellectual relativism. In the final analysis, unless therapists stop hiding behind labels, and are able and willing to state precisely what they do, and don't do, to and with their clients at specific choice points … psychotherapy will continue ...

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