It is only in the last two or three decades that the medical model has come to dominate psychological theory and practice. This book considers the evidence that points us towards freeing ourselves from this creeping medicalisation and recognising the influence of our environments and circumstances on our psychological wellbeing. Contributors from a range of modalities illustrate how to practise in a demedicalised way. Drawing on these examples from the field and perspectives from different theoretical models, the book demonstrates that an approach freed from the medical model provides the ethically axiomatic framework for psychological practice today.
Introduction – Pete Sanders and Janet Tolan
Section 1: Why demedicalised counselling and psychotherapy?
1. The history of medicalisation of counselling and psychotherapy – Janet Tolan and Pete Sanders
2. Challenging the medicalisation of psychological disorders – Richard Bentall
Section 2: Demedicalised counselling and psychotherapy
3. A demedicalised approach to psychodynamic therapy – Suzanne Martin
4. A demedicalised approach to person-centred therapy – Pete Sanders
5. A demedicalised approach to cognitive behavioural psychotherapy – James Binnie
6. Demedicalised integrative therapy – Garthine Walker
7. The power threat meaning framework and de-medicalising counselling and psychotherapy – Jo Watson
8. A non-medical approach to therapy with people who hear voices – Kirshen Rundle
9. Incorporating demedicalised therapy into training and continuing professional development – Rachel Freeth
Section 3: Inappropriately medicalised and over-medicalised groups
10. Demedicalised counselling and psychotherapy with children and young people – Ani de la Prida
11. Demedicalising disability in counselling and psychotherapy practice – Chris Coombs
12. Demedicalised counselling and psychotherapy with gender, sexual and relationship diversity – Paula J. Williams
13. Demedicalised counselling and psychotherapy and the racist overmedicalisation of people in Black diaspora – Sarah Henry
14. Demedicalised counselling and psychotherapy with women diagnosed with 'borderline personality disorder' – Gillian Proctor
Section 4: Demedicalised counselling and psychotherapy services
15. The Mavam Group – Matthew Morris
16. The Market Place – Lisa Norfolk
17. Women and Girls Network – Akima Thomas
'This brilliant book is a vital resource for the increasing number of therapists concerned by the growing medicalisation of counselling and psychotherapy. It should be compulsory reading for all therapy trainees and practitioners. What a timely and vital intervention.'
James Davies, Associate Professor of Psychology and Medical Anthropology, University of Roehampton
'... a coherent and powerful narrative for the philosophy of therapy as a social, psychological and community activity. It will help to inform thinking and debate for years to come.'
Professor Andrew Reeves, Professor in Counselling Professions and Mental Health, University of Chester
'... a testament to its editors' tireless work to challenge injustice in this world; a breath of fresh air'.
Professor Emmy van Deurzen, Principal, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
'... a must-read not only for students, professionals and service providers but also anyone contemplating entering the mental health profession.'
Mamood Ahmad, psychotherapist and founder of The Anti-Discrimination Focus