In recent years there has been a cautious movement towards seeing psychotherapy and counselling as arts not as sciences. In this rich, yet rigorous, multidisciplinary text, this movement is explored in terms of poetry; therapy; dreams; literary texts; Heideggerian, Kantian, and post-modern philosophy; the modern developmental theorising of Daniel Stern; and the politics of psychotherapy regulation. This path-breaking book offers a grounded challenge to reductive visions of the therapy process.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Therapy is Poetry -- A Therapeutic Dialogue -- Poetry or Existence?—Poetry Dialogues with Philosophy Dialogues with Poetry -- Reality, Existence, and the Shakespeare Authorship Question: King Lear, Little Dorrit, and the Man Who Was Shakespeare -- Poetic Enactment and Propositional Truth: Poetry and Objectivity -- Epilogue: The Poetry and Politics of Psychotherapy