`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

The Ineffectiveness of Psychotherapy

The Ineffectiveness of Psychotherapy

The ineffectiveness of psychotherapy

The attraction of an inexpensive cure for social problems is irresistible. It would obviate the need for painful conflicts over the distribution of resources or for callous denials of claims for remediation; it would justify the preservation of comforting social relations and of the appearance at least that society is just and humane. Even the promise of an inexpensive cure has great appeal as a political symbol of hope and social progress. In this light, the debate over the effectiveness of psychotherapy transcends a truth-in-labelling issue between patients and psychotherapists to speak more generally to the conditions of citizenship for many members of society.

Many of the early challenges to talking cures for personal deviance, mental disease and emotional problems ...

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