The Hope of Therapy

Author(s) : Paul Gordon

The Hope of Therapy

Book Details

  • Publisher : PCCS Books
  • Published : January 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 130
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 28489
  • ISBN 13 : 9781906254117
  • ISBN 10 : 1906254117

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This book is an argument for therapeutic freedom at a time when hyper-regulation and state interference threaten to suffocate and dominate psychotherapeutic practice. Therapy is inherently an ethical endeavour, both in the sense that the therapist is called upon to be responsible to and for the other who seeks help, and in the sense that it is inevitably bound up with ideas about how we should live and how we should treat one another. Therapy is not a matter of technique but is rather an art or craft and has much to learn from other forms of art and craft, such as painting, fiction, music and poetry. Like artists, therapists need to feel free if they are to be truly creative. This book is an argument for that therapeutic freedom. Like art, therapy inevitably carries within it an idea of hope, hope both for the individual who seeks help and hope for a better world.

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'At a time when psychotherapy is a Tower of Babel with an ever-increasing variety of techniques, it is encouaging to find a quiet, sane account of therapy that bypasses superficial explanations. Gordon's thesis is that therapy is a moral endeavour rather than a technical one and he spells out the implications of this when working in the consulting room. This lucid and challenging book will be invaluable to anyone but I would particularly like to see it in the hands of students who are trying to understand the essentials of therapy.'
- Peter Lomas

'To heal somebody you need first to be an expert in recognising wounds. Paul Gordon knows about the 100 despairs hidden behind the term flexibility, the emotional mutilations inflicted by the present global economy. In this green oasis of a book there's a well of compassion. It will help you help...'
- John Berger

About the Author
Paul Gordon has been working as a psychotherapist in different settings for almost 20 years. He is a member of the Philadelphia Association and works in private practice and as a therapist to one of the Philadelphia Association community households. He lives in London with his wife and two children. He is the author of "Face to Face: therapy as ethics" (1999) and co-editor of "Between Psychotherapy and Philosophy: essays from the Philadelphia Association" (2004).

About the Author(s)

Paul Gordon has been working as a psychotherapist in different settings for 20 years. He is a member of the Philadelphia Association and works as a therapist to one of the Philadelphia Association community households as well as in private practice. His books include The Hope of Therapy and (as co-editor) Between Psychotherapy and Philosophy: Essays from the Philadelphia Association.

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