Critical thinking and writing

The Network is designed as a refuge for critical thinkers to explore their writing and reflect on this in terms of other people’s experiences of practice, theory and research. The Society aims to link with other groups who transmit knowledges about human encounters in a creative manner, outside the constrictions of RCT methodology.

The Founders are editors of the European Journal for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and are committed to publishing good quality pieces about critical psychotherapy. Several examples can be seen below. The Network published its inaugural annual special issue on Critical Psychotherapy in 2014. Please consider submitting an article, or email if you wish to discuss submission for the annual issue.

As importantly, we welcome people to send blog posts, reflections, reports on activities and ideas to be published on this website.

The following is the editorial that led to the Critical Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling book, and conference at the Freud Museum.

13642537.2013.763469.fp.png_v03The unfortunate need for critical psychotherapy and counselling (Del Loewenthal).

The first special issue Critical Psychotherapy & Counselling – if not now, when? was published in 2014 (Volume 16, Issue 4).

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The next special issue on Critical Psychotherapy – Beyond the Therapeutic State – is to be published December 2015 and comprises of the following:

Introduction to the Special Issue

Del Loewenthal

Guest Editors

Bill Hardy and Ottar Ness

The Triumph of American Psychiatry: How It Created the Modern Therapeutic State

Robert Whitaker

Children’s mental health: Time to stop using psychiatric diagnosis

Sami Timimi

Psychiatric diagnoses, ‘thought styles’, and ex post facto fact fallacies

John Shotter

Radical Presence:  Alternatives to the Therapeutic State

Sheila McNamee

The extended therapy room

Carina Håkansson

From victimhood to sisterhood- A practice based reflexive inquiry into narrative informed group work with women who have experienced sexual abuse

Leah Salter


Published responses:

Psychotherapy and its alternatives:  commentary on a critique

Michael Rustin

Dark clouds

Chris Oakley


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