Psychotherapy

During the course of therapy a therapist will have to gloss over a multitide of evident signs that their theory is not valid and their ‘treatment’ is not helping the patient. They will make mistakes, forget important details (such as meetings), make huge ‘counter-transferernces’ which they will have to wave away (while focussing in minute […]

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Someone called me up this morning – from a recruitment agency. (I work contracts so I get a lot of such calls). She started off with “are you well today”? This is a growing trend. I called an agency which deals with certain aspects of my accounts the other day and the first question was […]

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The Philadelphia Association is a psychotherapy training organisation based in London. They were set up by the maverick sixties psychiatrist R. D. Laing who was subsequently barred from practising by the GMC. [1] The Philadelphia Association runs two of what they call “Therapeutic community households” in London. The editor of this web site spent 9 […]

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One reason why it is so hard to leave therapy – why people so quickly become so hooked and entangled in it – is because the truth about the situation is simply too horrible and upsetting to face. The ‘client’ has ‘entered therapy’ because she is in a state of turmoil or upset about some […]

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Psychotherapy is absolutely cynical. It is a form of treachery against solidarity and humanity. One reason why someone ‘in therapy’ may find it hard to leave is because, in leaving, they will have to face a rather painful truth. Their therapist

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In psychoanalysis the analyst encourages the ‘patient’ into a state of phantasy and illusion. How do they do this? The ‘patient’ necessarily arrives with some preconceptions about the analyst. Typically, the ‘patient’ will be in a vulnerable state of some kind and predisposed to exaggerate the importance and prestige of the analyst. From the start […]

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