Doing Good?: Psychotherapy Out of its Depth

Hardcover | October 28, 1999

byPeter Lomas

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Over the past decade, psychotherapy and counselling have become more and more popular, with many people turning to therapists in the hope of finding a better, happier, more fulfilling life. In this cogently argued and beautifully written book, Peter Lomas, argues that as psychotherapy entersthe mainstream, therapists have become dependent on the technical aspects of their profession at the expense of the many moral issues involved. Indeed, they have become so afraid of moralizing or of departing from what Lomas views as a spurious scientific neutrality that the dialogue betweentherapist and patient tends to be distorted, potentially confusing, and too remote from the healthy reality of ordinary conversation. In this provocative analysis, drawing on his day-to-day experience of working with patients, Peter Lomas explores the consequences of this dichotomy, such as theloss of spontaneity and avoidance of closeness which may hinder rather than help the healing process. He looks at the problems associated with issues of power, and its abuse, which is central to psychotherapy, and explores the dilemmas involved when there is a clash of moral beliefs between the twopeople. This is a lucid and thought-provoking addition to the literature on psychotherapy, and will appeal both to trainee and practising therapists and counsellors, for people in therapy, and for those considering embarking upon it.

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Over the past decade, psychotherapy and counselling have become more and more popular, with many people turning to therapists in the hope of finding a better, happier, more fulfilling life. In this cogently argued and beautifully written book, Peter Lomas, argues that as psychotherapy entersthe mainstream, therapists have become depend...

Peter Lomas trained and practised as a psychiatrist in London. A practising psychotherapist for many years, he is the founder of the Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy, and active in training psychotherapists. He is the author of many books on psychotherapy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:152 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.51 inPublished:October 28, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192628682

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The retreat from the ordinary3. The myth of neutrality4. Moral influence5. The poverty of technique6. Spontaneity7. Is psychotherapy an act of goodness?8. Goodness, shame, and autonomy9. The hazards of moral judgement10. Fragmentation, psychotherapy, and societyIndex