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The Dynamics of Power in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Ethics, Politics and Practice

By (author) Gillian Proctor
Format: Paperback
Publisher: PCCS Books, Manchester, United Kingdom
Published: 31st Jan 2002
Dimensions: w 147mm h 226mm d 10mm
Weight: 230g
ISBN-10: 1898059403
ISBN-13: 9781898059400
Barcode No: 9781898059400
The foundation of this book rests on the values and ethics of justice and responsibility, to resist domination and totalising discourses and to deconstruct the discourses behind models of therapy. Given that people who are distressed often choose to go for help in therapy, it is our duty and responsibility, as therapists, to deconstruct our practices and to be clear about the ethics, values and effects of the discourses and practices we use.

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It is a useful rejoinder to those who, in their naivety claim that the therapeutic relationship is one of equality in which power does not exist, and as a useful reminder to those who acknowledge its presence yet need to be constantly ensuring that power in the therapist and in the therapeutic relationship does not become abusive. - I enjoyed reading this book and being challenged by it and I recommend it to experienced practitioners as a reminder, and to new therapists and trainees as an essential aid, to developing ethical practice. Roger Casemore, HCPJ, October 2002. When we enter into therapy we give enormous power to the therapist because we want to see that person as someone who can take our pain away. Such power can be abused. Gillian Proctor's timely, thoughtful book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what goes on in that most dangerous of arenas, therapy. Dorothy Rowe, Clinical Psychologist and author. Gillian Proctor's book makes a significant contribution in bringing to the fore issues of power that have been grossly neglected in psychotherapy up to now. David Smail, Clinical Psychologist and author.