1st Edition

Beyond the Therapeutic State

Edited By Del Loewenthal, Ottar Ness, Billy Hardy Copyright 2020
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    The therapeutic state is a pervasive set of practices and ideologies which have been ever present in the twentieth century. This book of international contributors is about bringing into question many of these reified, dogmatic ideologies.

    Classifications, diagnosis and the treatments have been shown to be ineffectual for many populations across the globe, but still we persist with redundant, defunct methods and techniques. Why? Because, as some would suggest, we have nothing better. The danger that the state is taking away one of the last confidential spaces for people to allow thoughts to come to them has never been greater.

    This book invites readers to think beyond the state and its therapeutics. It will be relevant to many professions, professionals, service users, families, survivors and organisations; and those who are looking for something different. This book was originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling.

    Introduction: Beyond the Therapeutic State, Del Loewenthal, Ottar Ness and Billy Hardy
    Chapter One: The triumph of American psychiatry: How it created the modern therapeutic state, Robert Whitaker
    Chapter Two: Children’s mental health: Time to stop using psychiatric diagnosis, Sami Timimi
    Chapter Three: Psychiatric diagnosis, ‘thought styles’ and ex post facto fact fallacies, John Shotter
    Chapter Four: Radical Presence: Alternatives to the therapeutic state, Sheila McNamee
    Chapter Five: The extended therapy room, Carina Håkansson
    Chapter Six: From victimhood to sisterhood – A practice-based reflexive inquiry into narrative informed work with women who have experienced sexual abuse, Leah Salter
    Chapter Seven: Psychotherapy and its alternatives: Commentary on a critique, Michael Rustin
    Chapter Eight: Dark Clouds, Chris Oakley
    Chapter Nine:  Altermodernity and the unfortunate need to train critical psychotherapists and counsellors, Del Loewenthal


    Del Loewenthal is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. He is an existential-analytic psychotherapist, photographer and chartered psychologist, with a particular interest in phenomenology. His books include Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling after Postmodernism (Routledge 2017). www.delloewenthal.com; www.safpac.co.uk.

    Ottar Ness is family therapist, Professor of Counselling at Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Adjunct Professor of Mental Healthcare at the University of South-Eastern Norway and Nord University, Norway. He has a particular interest in recovery and recovery-oriented services and practises in mental health and substance abuse care.

    Billy Hardy is Senior Lecturer in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Family Institute, University of South Wales, UK, and has been course leader for the postgraduate clinical training for many years. He has a professional background in mental health and mental health nursing. He also offers professional consultation to a wide variety of practitioners in the mental health and social care fields.