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Beyond the Psychology Industry

How Else Might We Heal?

  • Paul Rhodes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Paul Rhodes
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ross G. Menzies, Rachel E. Menzies
    Pages 11-22
  4. Jennifer Fitzgerald
    Pages 23-33
  5. Jhilmil Breckenridge
    Pages 35-40
  6. Katherine M. Boydell
    Pages 41-48
  7. Holly Kemp, Brett Bellingham, Katherine Gill, Andrea McCloughen, Cath Roper, Niels Buus et al.
    Pages 49-67
  8. Omar Said Yousef, Abdulrahman Alhalabi, Zachary Steel, Sertan Saral, Ruth Wells
    Pages 69-82
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 123-127

About this book


This book provides a scholarly yet accessible approach to critical psychology, specifically discussing therapeutic practices that are possible outside of the mainstream psychology industry. While there are many books that deconstruct or dismantle clinical psychology, few provide a compendium of potential alternatives to mainstream practice. Focusing on five main themes in reference to this objective: suffering, decolonization, dialogue, feminism and the arts, these pages explore types of personal inquiry, cultural knowledge or community action that might help explain and heal psychological pain beyond the confines of the therapy room. Chapters focus on the role of cultural knowledge, including spiritual traditions, relational being, art, poetry, feminism and indigenous systems in promoting healing and on community-based-initiatives, including open dialogue, justice-based collaboration and social prescribing. Beyond the Psychology Industry will be of interest to researchers, clinical psychologists, therapists, academics in mental health, and cultural psychologists.


Psychology Healing Resistence Critical Psychology Emotional Pain Social Perception Poetry as Therapy Cultural Migration Justice-Based Practice

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Rhodes
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical PsychologyUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

About the editors

​Paul Rhodes is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney and co-chair of the Critical and Post-Structural Psychology Special Interest Group at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. He has published over 75 peer reviewed articles related to family therapy, anorexia nervosa, developmental disabilities, the recovery movement, philosophy and other topics. He has a long practice and academic career as a family therapist, qualitative researcher and author, championing alternative modes of therapy to traditional models predicated on individualism. 

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