The therapeutic state is a pervasive set of practices and ideologies which have been ever present in the twentieth century. This book of international contributors is about bringing into question many of these reified, dogmatic ideologies.

Classifications, diagnosis and the treatments have been shown to be ineffectual for many populations across the globe, but still we persist with redundant, defunct methods and techniques. Why? Because, as some would suggest, we have nothing better. The danger that the state is taking away one of the last confidential spaces for people to allow thoughts to come to them has never been greater.

This book invites readers to think beyond the state and its therapeutics. It will be relevant to many professions, professionals, service users, families, survivors and organisations; and those who are looking for something different. This book was originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling.

chapter |7 pages

Introduction: Beyond the Therapeutic State

ByDel Loewenthal, Ottar Ness, Billy Hardy

chapter |11 pages

Radical presence: Alternatives to the therapeutic state

BySheila McNamee

chapter |18 pages

The extended therapy room

ByCarina Håkansson

chapter |11 pages

Psychotherapy and its alternatives: Commentary on a critique

ByMichael Rustin

chapter |12 pages

Dark clouds

ByChris Oakley