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This booklet explores what 'critical' potential for the speaking cures in a weather of accelerating nation effect and intervention. It appears at theoretical and sensible notions of 'critical' from views together with queer conception, feminism, Marxism, the psychiatric survivor flow, in addition to from inside of counsellor education and schooling.

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Perhaps to realise just this. But how long can we stay with that? In Chapter 6, ‘Critical theory and psychotherapy’, Anastasios Gaitanidis reminds us of our ability to do violence to each other. Also, the history of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and counselling would seem to be a watering-down of the recognition of not only our potential violence but all of us as sexual beings. Furthermore, sociologists such as Etzioni (1961) attempt to offer us an escape route by suggesting that ‘moral involvement’ can be experienced rather than alienation.

This is a familiar rhetorical manoeuvre: the heaping-up of marginal, contradictory and questionable findings to create a mountain of conviction that – upon closer scrutiny – becomes a pile of bric-a-brac. A more interesting criticism might be to focus upon the drawbacks of the randomised control trial (RCT) approach. The interactions between clients, therapists, techniques and treatment settings are perhaps dynamic, subtle and complex enough to elude the coarse net of the standardised medical research trial – a method suited to the evaluation of inert and easily administered physical treatments, such as pills.

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