`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 31: Counselling and Psychotherapy as Enabling and Empowering
Counselling and Psychotherapy as Enabling and Empowering
My brief is to defend psychotherapy and counselling as ‘empowering and enabling activities and more often than not as positively assisting clients to become more autonomous’. In my view there are too many variables for it to be possible to know whether these activities are more often than not empowering and enabling, but I do think some light can be thrown upon what it is in effective counselling and psychotherapy that is empowering and enabling. In order to do this it will be necessary to explore the nature of counselling and psychotherapy and empowerment and the ways in which they can be linked.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Debates about the similarities and differences between counselling ...