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Critical Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling

Implications for Practice

  • Del Loewenthal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Introduction

  3. What Can We Learn from Critical Psychiatry and Critical Psychology?

  4. Users’ Perspectives

  5. Critiques Coming More from Outside

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Anastasios Gaitanidis
      Pages 95-107
    3. Lois Holzman
      Pages 125-137
    4. Michael Rustin
      Pages 138-155
  6. Critiques Coming More from Inside

About this book


This book explores what 'critical' means for the talking therapies in a climate of increasing state influence and intervention. It looks at theoretical and practical notions of 'critical' from perspectives including queer theory, feminism, Marxism, the psychiatric survivor movement, as well as from within counsellor training and education.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Del Loewenthal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of RoehamptonUK

About the editors

Del Loewenthal, University of Roehampton, UK Hugh Middleton, University of Nottingham, UK Ian Parker, University of Leicester, UK Kenneth J. Gergen, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA Tom Cotton, Independent Scholar, UK Anastasios Gaitanidis, University of Roehampton, UK Mari Ruti, University of Toronto, Canada Adrian Cocking, Psychotherapist, Toronto, Canada Lois Holzman, East Side Institute, USA Michael Rustin, University of East London, UK Andrew Samuels, University of Essex, UK Colin Feltham, Sheffield Hallam University, UK Chris Oakley, Psychoanalyst, UK Steven Groarke, Roehampton University, UK Paul Moloney, Counselling Psychologist, UK Tom Strong, University of Calgary, Canada Karen H. Ross, University of Calgary, Canada Konstantinos Chondros, University of Calgary, Canada Monica Sesma-Vazquez, University of Calgary, Canada Jay Watts, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

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“I enjoyed this book, and I consider it to be well worth reading. It should be read by people who practice psychotherapy not because the volume does not have flaws; it has several. The book makes many debatable assertions and has plenty of speculation. … the book provides a long overdue, hard, critical look at the social, economic, and political implications and assumptions associated with the practice of psychotherapy.” (William J. Whelton, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (18), May, 2016)

“What this book does do extremely well is demonstrate critical engagement with psychotherapeutic practice in context. … this book is an engaging and exciting place to visit.” (Aaron Roberts, The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Vol. 19 (1), 2019)