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The Trouble with Psychotherapy

Counselling and Common Sense

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Current therapeutic practice is grounded in traditional theories of psychotherapy, such as the theories that underlie cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic and person-centred practice. But none of these approaches has been...

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Current therapeutic practice is grounded in traditional theories of psychotherapy, such as the theories that underlie cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic and person-centred practice. But none of these approaches has been proven to be more effective than any other, leaving the therapist with an ethical and professional dilemma: how do you advocate and practise one theory with your clients, when a completely different theoretical approach is being successfully practised down the road? In this book Campbell Purton argues that psychotherapy and counselling theories fail to provide adequate justification for their practice. Part 1 highlights the weaknesses and dangers that underlie traditional counselling theories and their derivatives, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, existential and neuroscience approaches. Having unpicked these theories, Part 2 goes on to develop an exciting new way of thinking about therapy that does not rely on theory - one that can be likened to a 'common sense' approach to therapeutic practice. This book poses important questions and offers unique insight for anyone studying or practising in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

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Captures the mood of the time in its focus on depth in counselling


Extends notion of depth beyond 'relational depth'

Provides a framework for psychotherapy integration at a time when integration is a particularly urgent professional issue

Addresses the evidencebased practice agenda, including the latest developments in neuroscientific research

PART I: THE TROUBLE
1. The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy
2. Theories and Common Sense
3. Historical Prologue: Behaviourism and Behaviour Therapy
4. Person-Centred Therapy
5. Psychodynamic Therapy
6. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
7. Process-Experiential/ Emotion-Focused Therapy
8. Existential Therapy
9. Neuroscience
PART II: STARTING AGAIN
10. The Troubled Client
11. Psychotherapy Integration
12. Implications for Practice and Training

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Campbell Purton is Associate Tutor at the Centre for Counselling Studies, University of East Anglia. He is the author of Person-Centred Therapy: The Focusing-Oriented Approach (2004, Palgrave) and The Focusing-Oriented Primer (2007, PCCS Books).

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Campbell Purton is Associate Tutor at the Centre for Counselling Studies, University of East Anglia. He is the author of Person-Centred Therapy: The Focusing-Oriented Approach (2004, Palgrave) and The Focusing-Oriented Primer (2007, PCCS Books).

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