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Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling

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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 therapy effective? Is 'the relationship' central to success? Do therapists pathologize their clients? Are boundaries necessary? * Professional issues: Do trainees need therapy? Is professionalization of the field desirable? Are counselling and psychotherapy really distinguishable? * Social issues: Can therapy be proven necessary? Does therapy benefit individuals or contribute to social control? Does stress really exist?
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Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling - Colin FelthamPART ONE: THEORETICAL ISSUESDoes the Unconscious Mind Really Exist? - E M ThorntonOn the Existence of the Unconscious - Tim Kendall and Peter SpeedwellPrimal Therapies - Stillborn Theories - Jennifer M CunninghamThe Trauma of Birth - John RowanFalse Memories - A Peripheral Issue? - Roger ScotfordBelieving Patients - Majorie OrrPART TWO: CLINICAL ISSUESThe Ineffectiveness of Psychotherapy - W M EpsteinIt Has Been Amply Demonstrated that Psychotherapy Is Effective - Stephen SaundersThe Main Change Agent in Effective Psychotherapy Is Specific Technique and Skill - Albert EllisThe Main Change Agent in Psychotherapy Is the Relationship between Therapist and Client - David HoweDeconstructing Diagnosis - Ian Parker Psychopathological PracticePsychopathology Is a Reality and Psychodiagnosis Is a Necessity - Norman D MacaskillThe Limitations of Boundaries - Derek GaleMaintaining Boundaries in Psychotherapy - David Livingstone Smith A View from Evolutionary PsychoanalysisPART THREE: PROFESSIONAL ISSUESPersonal Therapy as a Training Requirement - Ann Macaskill The Lack of Supporting EvidenceIn Defence of Therapy for Training - Valerie SinasonBecoming an Effective Psychotherapist or Counsellor - Jim McLellan Are Training and Supervision Necessary?Training and Supervision Make a Difference - Mary ConnorAgainst and beyond Core Theoretical Models - Colin FelthamTraining in a Core Theoretical Model Is Essential - Sue WheelerProfessionalization of Therapy by Registration Is Unnecessary, Ill-Advised and Damaging - Richard MowbrayRegistration Benefits and Is Necessary to the Public and the Profession - Digby TantamPsychotherapy and Counselling Are Indistinguishable - Brian ThorneThere Are Real Differences between Psychotherapy and Counselling - Jan Harvie-ClarkePART FOUR: SOCIAL ISSUESStress Discourse and Individualization - Tim NewtonEmployee Assistance Programmes and Stress Counselling - John Berridge At a Crossroads?Psychotherapy and Counselling as Unproven, Overblown and Unconvincing - Alex HowardPsychotherapy as Essential Care - Jeremy HolmesMind at the End of Its Tether - Fay WeldonCounselling and Psychotherapy as Enabling and Empowering - Sheelagh Strawbridge

About the Author

Colin Feltham is series editor of Professional Skills for Counsellors and Short Introductions to the Therapy Professions series, co-editor of SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy and author of several SAGE texts, including What is Counselling?


`The book is written in a lucid conersational style and while it is accessible to non-specialists, few concessions are made for those who do not share the underlying tenets on which it is based.... Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling stands as a refreshing antidote to all those mutually affirming books on therapy. A little more grit of this sort may just help to make therapy the mature and socially beneficial pearl it potentially could be' - Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy `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 `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

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