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Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling
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Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Edited by:
  • Colin Feltham - Emeritus Professor of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University

October 1999 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`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?


Colin Feltham
Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling
 
PART ONE: THEORETICAL ISSUES
E M Thornton
Does the Unconscious Mind Really Exist?
Tim Kendall and Peter Speedwell
On the Existence of the Unconscious
Jennifer M Cunningham
Primal Therapies - Stillborn Theories
John Rowan
The Trauma of Birth
Roger Scotford
False Memories - A Peripheral Issue?
Majorie Orr
Believing Patients
 
PART TWO: CLINICAL ISSUES
W M Epstein
The Ineffectiveness of Psychotherapy
Stephen Saunders
It Has Been Amply Demonstrated that Psychotherapy Is Effective
Albert Ellis
The Main Change Agent in Effective Psychotherapy Is Specific Technique and Skill
David Howe
The Main Change Agent in Psychotherapy Is the Relationship between Therapist and Client
Ian Parker
Deconstructing Diagnosis
Psychopathological Practice

 
Norman D Macaskill
Psychopathology Is a Reality and Psychodiagnosis Is a Necessity
Derek Gale
The Limitations of Boundaries
David Livingstone Smith
Maintaining Boundaries in Psychotherapy
A View from Evolutionary Psychoanalysis

 
 
PART THREE: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES
Ann Macaskill
Personal Therapy as a Training Requirement
The Lack of Supporting Evidence

 
Valerie Sinason
In Defence of Therapy for Training
Jim McLellan
Becoming an Effective Psychotherapist or Counsellor
Are Training and Supervision Necessary?

 
Mary Connor
Training and Supervision Make a Difference
Colin Feltham
Against and beyond Core Theoretical Models
Sue Wheeler
Training in a Core Theoretical Model Is Essential
Richard Mowbray
Professionalization of Therapy by Registration Is Unnecessary, Ill-Advised and Damaging
Digby Tantam
Registration Benefits and Is Necessary to the Public and the Profession
Brian Thorne
Psychotherapy and Counselling Are Indistinguishable
Jan Harvie-Clarke
There Are Real Differences between Psychotherapy and Counselling
 
PART FOUR: SOCIAL ISSUES
Tim Newton
Stress Discourse and Individualization
John Berridge
Employee Assistance Programmes and Stress Counselling
At a Crossroads?

 
Alex Howard
Psychotherapy and Counselling as Unproven, Overblown and Unconvincing
Jeremy Holmes
Psychotherapy as Essential Care
Fay Weldon
Mind at the End of Its Tether
Sheelagh Strawbridge
Counselling and Psychotherapy as Enabling and Empowering

`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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