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Therapy and the Counter-tradition
The Edge of Philosophy

ISBN 9781138905887
Published April 12, 2016 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Therapy & the Counter-tradition: The Edge of Philosophy brings together leading exponents of contemporary psychotherapy, philosophers and writers, to explore how philosophical ideas may inform therapy work. Each author discusses a particular philosopher who has influenced their life and therapeutic practice, while questioning how counselling and psychotherapy can address human ‘wholeness’, despite the ascendancy of rationality, regulation and diagnosis. It also seeks to acknowledge the distinct lack of philosophical input and education in counselling and psychotherapy training.

The chapters are rooted in the Counter-Tradition, whose diverse manifestations include humanism, skepticism, fideism, as well as the opening of philosophy and psychology to poetry and the arts. This collection of thought-provoking essays will help open the discussion within the psychological therapies, by providing therapists with critical philosophical references, which will help broaden their knowledge and the scope of their practice.

Therapy & the Counter-tradition: The Edge of Philosophy will be of interest to mental health professionals, practitioners, counselling and psychotherapy trainees and trainers, and academics tutoring or studying psychology. It will also appeal to those interested in psychology, meditation, personal development and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Threshold Experience  1. ‘Changelings’: The Self in Nietzsche’s Psychology Manu Bazzano  2. What can Therapists learn from Kierkegaard? John Lippitt  3. John Keats and Negative Capability: The Psychotherapist’s X factor? Diana Voller  4. That Piece of Supreme Art, a Man’s Life Nick Duffell  5. Tears of Joy: Pascal’s ‘Night of Fire’ Subhaga Gaetano Failla  Part 2 Ethics and Politics  6. Who am I? You tell me: Desire and Judith Butler Julie Webb  7. The Liberation Psychologist: A Tribute to Jean-Paul Sartre Richard Pearce  8. Instances of Liberation in Rousseau Federico Battistutta  .9 A Metaphysical Rebellion: Camus and Psychotherapy James Belassie  Part 3 Self, Other, World  10. Desire-Delirium: Notes on Deleuze and Therapy Manu Bazzano  11. A Poetry of Human Relations: Merleau-Ponty and Psychotherapy Paul Gordon  12. This Culture of Me: On Singularity, Secrecy and Ethics Eugenia Lapteva  13. Energy Ethics and the Thought of Difference in Luce Irigaray Federico Battistutta  Part 4 Therapy, Language, Metaphysics  14. Under Arrest: Wittgenstein and Perspicuity Julie Webb  15. A Penetrating Beam of Darkness John Mackessy   16. Lifting the Curse: Wittgenstein, Buddhism and Psychotherapy Jeff Harrison  17. Amor Fati: Suffering to Become the Person One is Devang Vaidya

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Manu Bazzano is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and visiting lecturer at various schools and colleges, most notably Roehampton University. He teaches philosophy in adult education and has a background in rock music and Zen Buddhism. Bazzano has authored numerous books, and is co-editor of Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies, as well as book review editor of Self & Society – international Journal for Humanistic Psychology.

Julie Webb (MA; MBACP) has a background in training, literature and philosophy. She is a counselling lecturer at University Campus Suffolk and a Humanistic Counsellor and Supervisor in private practice in Cambridge. She has previously had an established private practice in Shrewsbury and worked as a counselling lecturer for 5 years at Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology, offering training and CPD. She is currently a registered visiting lecturer.



'...a fascinating, quality read.' - Private Practice

'This welcomed book is recommended for those who wish to consider some potentially life changing implications of, rather than use, philosophy for their therapeutic practices.' - Professor Del Loewenthal, Chair of Psychotherapy & Counselling, University of Roehampton

"By reaching outside the increasingly narrow world of psychotherapy, this book offers us much needed resources to re-examine current practice from the proper perspective of the whole of human experience. The writing here returns us to a maturity of thought that is currently lacking in the profession of psychotherapy. We are invited to expand our questions and assumptions beyond ‘evidence-based treatments’, to include philosophical and creative insights. In the process, we regain a little of the personal humility that makes psychotherapy therapeutic in the first place. A real breath of fresh air." - Dr Greg Madison, author and psychotherapist

"Offering a clear dialogue between therapy and philosophy, Therapy and the Counter-Tradition is a much needed and most welcome book. In an age of what the editors refer to as "superficial pragmatism", this book promotes and provides philosophical integrity, which is often lacking in training and practice. Focusing on the work of twelve specific philosophers, a poet and a novelist, the book is wide-ranging, informative, and stimulating, while remaining coherent. This is book for thinking and thoughtful therapists. I commend the editors and recommend it highly." - Dr Keith Tudor, Professor of Psychotherapy, Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand, and co-author of Person-Centred Therapy: A Clinical Philosophy (Routledge, 2006)

"A tour de force of critical insights--from Nietzsche to Wittgenstein, from Keats to Kierkegaard--Manu Bazzano and Julie Webb have provided a rich banquet of ideas that are orthogonal to the complacency of tradition and the banality of contemporary psychotherapy. Drawing on a wide range of themes—ethics, politics, art, poetry and language—Therapy and the Counter-Tradition revitalizes philosophy as a way of life, offering a new infusion of vitality into the healing of the soul." - Ronald E. Purser, Ph.D., Professor of Management, San Francisco State University

"In an age where therapy’s literature is dominated by programmatic, allegedly evidence-based pretensions to scientificity and control, with meaning routinely reduced to superficiality and utility, we desperately need far more material that will fructify imaginations, embrace paradox and the ineffable, and challenge the Tradition of modernity and rationalism that, in the wrong hands, only impoverish the human condition. This exciting book uses engagements with key philosophers, like Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, and Butler, Camus, Deleuze, Irigaray, Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre and Schopenauer (amongst others), to do just that – a splendid text that is ‘full of being and becoming’, with (thankfully) not an ‘evidence-based’ claim in sight. My only (deep) regret is that this book didn’t exist when I was training as a therapist 25 years ago." - Dr Richard House, former Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy, University of Roehampton, and author of Therapy Beyond Modernity and In, Against and Beyond Therapy