Psychotherapy and its alternatives: Commentary on a critique
Rustin, M. 2015. Psychotherapy and its alternatives: Commentary on a critique. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling. 17 (4), pp. 418-428.
In this commentary, Michael Rustin reviews the articles in the symposium, outlining their main aims and arguments. He goes on to provide some critical reflections, asking questions about the key concept of the ‘therapeutic state’. He notes that little attention is given to psychoanalytic or other psychological theories of the mind, as distinct from the biological models which are the main object of criticism in the symposium. He argues that just as it is justifiable and useful to take account of theories of the mind in considering issues of mental health and therapy, so it is desirable also to take account of the structures of society which have responsibility for generating conditions of mental well- or ill-being, and to reflect on how these may be changed. The commentary argues that the counter-cultural and somewhat ‘post-modern’ critical approach which informs the symposium can only form part of a sufficient response to the problems which the symposium identifies.
|Journal||European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling|
|Journal citation||17 (4), pp. 418-428|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642537.2015.1095777|
|13 Nov 2015|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||22 Jan 2016|
|Accepted||14 Sep 2015|
|Copyright information||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counsellingon 13.11.15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13642537.2015.1095777.|
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