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Deconstructing Psychotherapy

Edited by:
  • Ian Parker - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK


March 1999 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`I enjoyed this book, and think that it should find a grateful and attentive readership in the practical field as well as being a central text in academic settings. It will also be well received by those, like myself, for whom the interest is more in deconstructing than psychotherapy' - Dialogues

This book takes the discursive and postmodern turn in psychotherapy a significant step forward and will be of interest to all those working in mental health who are concerned with challenges to oppression and processes of emancipation. It achieves this by: reflecting on the role of psychotherapy in contemporary culture; developing critiques of language in psychotherapy that unravel its claims to personal truth; and the reworking of a place in the transformative therapeutic practice.

Deconstruction is brought to bear on the key conceptual and pragmatic issues that therapists and clinical psychologists face, and the project of therapy is opened up to critical attention and reconstruction. The book provides clear reviews of different viewpoints and will help readers to understand the complex terrain of debates.

Ian Parker
Deconstruction and Psychotherapy
 
PART ONE: SOURCES AND CONTEXTS FOR THE DECONSTRUCTIVE TURN
John Kaye
Toward a Non-Regulative Praxis
Glenn Larner
Derrida and the Deconstruction of Power as Context and Topic in Therapy
Vincent Fish
Clementis's Hat
Foucault and the Politics of Psychotherapy  
Roger Lowe
Between the `No Longer' and the `Not Yet'
Postmodernism as a Context for Critical Therapeutic Work  
Nollaig O'Reilly Byrne and Imelda Colgan McCarthy
Feminism, Politics and Power in Therapeutic Discourse
Fragments from the Fifth Province  
 
PART TWO: DECONSTRUCTION IN PRAXIS
Vanessa Swan
Narrative, Foucault and Feminism
Implications for Therapeutic Practice  
Ian Law
A Discursive Approach to Therapy with Men
Wendy Drewery with Wally McKenzie
Therapy and Faith
Stephen Madigan
Inscription, Description and Deciphering Chronic Identities
 
PART THREE: DECONSTRUCTING PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC DISCOURSE
John Morss and Maria Nichterlein
The Therapist as Client as Expert
Externalizing Narrative Therapy  
Eero Riikonen and Sara Vataja
Can (and Should) We Know How, Where and When Psychotherapy Takes Place?

`The book is a welcome addition to literature in the field, however, and signals the need for more vigorous engagement and debate, informed by postmodern discourse, in South Africa' - PINS

`I enjoyed this book, and think that it should find a grateful and attentive readership in the practical field as well as being a central text in academic settings. It will also be well received by those, like myself, for whom the interest is more in deconstructing than psychotherapy' -Dialogues

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