`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

Psychotherapy and Counselling as Unproven, Overblown and Unconvincing

Psychotherapy and Counselling as Unproven, Overblown and Unconvincing

Psychotherapy and counselling as unproven, overblown and unconvincing

The growth of counselling has been explosive in the past ten years. Rising demand exceeds the ever-growing supply in relation to:

  • clients and health sector counsellors;
  • counselling students and counselling courses;
  • counsellors and budgets to employ them.

Clients want to be counselled and counsellors want clients and employment. They routinely follow police, fire and ambulance personnel to deal with trauma of whatever kind. The practice of counselling has moved ahead, beyond and out of sight of sensible definitions, discipline and demarcation of boundaries, varieties of therapy, aims, values, theories and practices.

The case for support of one kind or another from third party outsiders is unassailable. We cannot manage every problem and ...

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