Published: 28/10/2016
ISBN: 9781785892745
eISBN: 9781785896019
Format: Paperback/eBook



“This work will appeal to the thinking psychotherapy practitioner and trainee, calling upon us to question the very roots of our profession.”
Val Sanders, Senior Lecturer, MSc Therapeutic Counselling, University of Greenwich

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Paul Hingston works for a charitably-funded project, Two Minds Better, that provides affordable psychotherapy in East London. With more than 15 years experience in private practice and as a manager of... read more

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Rethinking Psychotherapy
by Paul Hingston

Psychotherapist Paul Hingston offers a thought-provoking critique of the mental health system and the practice of psychotherapy.

Rethinking Psychotherapy exposes the futility of taking a diagnostic approach to everyday unhappiness, encouraging us to resist the fashion for labelling natural reactions to life’s challenges as symptoms of mental illness. The book argues that the role of a psychotherapist can never be to provide treatment or to facilitate a process of introspection. Instead, Paul outlines an approach to psychotherapy that helps clients come to terms with unusual or distressing experiences by positioning those experiences within a wider personal and social context.

Rather than psychotherapists claiming to possess technical expertise or super-human talents for rising above everyday prejudice and self-interest, the case is made for a more authentic sense of engagement – one that breaks down the social barriers between practitioner and client. For it is only then that the process of confidential dialogue offered by psychotherapy can provide clients with the support, confidence and self-understanding to manage relationships in the wider world.

Rethinking Psychotherapy will be of interest to the thoughtful psychotherapist, counsellor or trainee; to those who have suffered at the hands of the mental health system and to anyone with an interest in exploring the fascinating and eternal dilemmas of the human condition.

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