Critical Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling: by D. Loewenthal

By D. Loewenthal

This booklet explores what 'critical' ability for the conversing cures in a weather of accelerating kingdom impression and intervention. It seems to be at theoretical and functional notions of 'critical' from views together with queer concept, feminism, Marxism, the psychiatric survivor stream, in addition to from inside counsellor education and schooling.

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She volunteers with community-building initiatives and cultural arts programmes in Calgary, and she is a strong believer in making academic scholarship accessible and relevant to the general public. She was recently awarded a Scholarship for Creative Marketing and Communications and she received funding for her doctoral research from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Konstantinos Chondros is a native of Greece and has lived in Calgary, Canada, since 2011. After completing his Bachelor of Arts Honours in Authors’ Biographies, Abstracts and Self-Critiques xxxiii psychology at the University of Crete, Greece, he went on to receive his Master of Science in counselling psychology from the University of Calgary.

Are we free or determined? Such questions are not uncommon (Coleman 1979). However, in response, are the usual ‘bit of both’ answers more part of a deluding smokescreen in order to attempt to not stay with thoughts of our evilness, irrationality and relative lack of agency? In particular, if we are all not only at least potentially evil but also increasingly alienated, what can we best hope for through the psychological therapies? Perhaps to realise just this. But how long can we stay with that?

On this view, I have been attacking a straw man. However, within Western culture (and increasingly many others), this man wields far too much power and authority. He is worth demolishing. Moreover, the key conclusions – that talking therapy cannot free people from the burden of their own biography, nor from the grip of a noxious environment – remain, supported by a large epidemiological literature on the causes of distress, and by the accounts of those therapists and clients xxxii Authors’ Biographies, Abstracts and Self-Critiques who have courageously confronted the limitations of the therapy trade.

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