Psychotherapy

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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People who have to tell others how to live are invariably weak. Weak and enervated they seek to establish themselves by this kind of patronizing domination over others. This kind of childishness was analyzed by Dostoevsky in his tale of the Grand Inquisitor (in the

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Therapy started with an account of how it was a suitable treatment for those with serious “symptoms”. Freud’s initial patients generally had serious problems. Nowadays the line is that “everyone needs therapy”. The whole of society is sick. Therapy is the cure for everyone. One of the most extreme proponents of this view was the […]

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