`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
Chapter 29: Psychotherapy as Essential Health Care
Psychotherapy as Essential Health Care
Controversy is inherent in the nature of psychotherapy. Almost every advance, whether theoretical or empirical, has been met with backlash and repudiation. There are several reasons why this might be so. One is that psychotherapy inevitably contains moral as well as scientific assumptions about what constitutes a good life – for example that it is preferable to become aware of one's painful feelings rather than to suppress them – and morality is inherently contestable (Singer, 1979). Others argue that psychotherapy is a covert ideology, a modern opiate that diverts people from the real material causes of their unhappiness (Epstein, 1995), and that much of what psychotherapists believe is based not on science, but on professional self-interest ...