The cultural context of therapy


To make sense of the phenomena encountered in the face-to-face relations of those in distress and those trying to help them, we need to look not inward, but outward. What therapists and counsellors and their clients do, feel and say is shaped by the web of powers and interests in which we are caught.These have their origin in distal regions where our gaze has too often failed to penetrate.


Smail, D. (2023). The cultural context of therapy, The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 23 (1), pp. 56-70.

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