Post-Modernism for Psychotherapists: A Critical Reader

Post-Modernism for Psychotherapists: A Critical Reader

Post-Modernism for Psychotherapists: A Critical Reader

Post-Modernism for Psychotherapists: A Critical Reader

Synopsis

Post-modern ideas are now making an impact in psychotherapy and counselling. There is, however, nothing in the current literature that brings together thinking for those professionals who may not be aware of how post-modernism can help inform their work.Post-Modernism for Psychotherapists is a primer which takes the reader through the ideas of the most important post-modern thinkers (as well as the roots of post-modernism and critiques of post-modernism), giving a clear summary of the essential points of their ideas and how they relate to current and future psychotherapy theory and practice. It will be essential reading for psychotherapists and counsellors, as well as those in training, who need an accessible text covering the basic philosophical ideas and their relation to psychotherapy.

Excerpt

The post-modern challenges the modernist assumptions that prevail in so much of psychotherapy, counselling, psychology and psychoanalysis. We suggest that in some important senses the work of psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychoanalysts may be out of touch with current cultural practices, and thus the world from which our patients/clients come. The book is written by two psychotherapists for practitioners and trainees who wish to examine how post-modernism can help inform their work and how they think about it. What is proposed here is not that people necessarily change to a new 'post-modern school' of therapy, but that they examine the implications of post-modern Continental philosophy for current practice. These implications may, however, be profound.

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