1st Edition

A Critical History of Psychotherapy, Volume 2 From the Mid-20th to the 21st Century

By Renato Foschi, Marco Innamorati Copyright 2023
    240 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This unique book offers a comprehensive overview of the history of psychotherapy. Volume 2 traces the evolution of psychotherapy from the 1950s and the later 20th century through to modern times, considering what the future of psychotherapy will look like.

    The book shows how the history of psychotherapy has evolved over time through different branches and examines the offshoots as they develop. Each part of the book represents a significant period of time or a decade of the 20th century and provides a detailed overview of all significant movements within the history of psychology. The book also shows connections with history and contextualizes each therapeutic paradigm so it can be better understood it in a broader social context.

    The book is the first of its kind to show the parallel evolution of different theories in psychotherapy. It will be essential reading for researchers and students in the fields of clinical psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, the history of medicine and psychology.

    Editorial note

    Chap. 6 A middle earth: The fifties

    Chap. 7 The Outbreak of New Treatment Paradigms in the Face of a Changing Social Climate

    Chap. 8 The Seventies and Eighties between Social Engagement and Individualism

    Chap. 9 From the past to the future



    Renato Foschi is Professor of History of Psychology and History of Science at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

    Marco Innamorati is Professor of Dynamic and Developmental Psychology and History and Philosophy of Scientific Concepts at the University of Rome, Italy.