chapter  1
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Why this book?

The ‘talking/listening cure’ is considered by the public and many health professionals as an imprecise, expensive, self-indulgent and slow route to psychological health and welfare. Counsellors and psychotherapists are divided about the morality and the efficacy of short-term psychotherapy and counselling. The critics of psychotherapy and counselling increase as the issues of abuse of power, crude and subtle, are debated: ‘Therapists have put us on the couch for long enough; it’s time we put them in the dock’ (Madeleine Bunting in the Guardian, 24 Feb. 1994).