Conference explores 21st century psychotherapy

Professor Del Loewenthal's latest book is the central focus of a conference to be held at the Freud Museum, London.

Posted: 15 September 2011

Professor Del Loewenthal’s latest book is the central focus of a conference to be held at the Freud Museum, London.

The Psychotherapy without Foundations conference will explore the psychological therapies at the start of the twenty-first century. In contrast to the prevailing culture which has led to the dominance of theory-led approaches that are increasingly instrumentalised, what happens when we start by considering psychotherapy as a practice involving a meeting between two unique individuals? The conference will raise fundamental questions about the nature of knowledge in the psychological therapies and the implications for what might be meant by theory, research, ethics and indeed practice.

The publication of Post-Existentialism and the Psychological Therapies by Del Loewenthal and others, with its provocative subtitle ‘Towards a Therapy without Foundations’, raises intriguing questions about the essence of psychotherapy. Is it possible, or even necessary, to create a psychotherapy 'without foundations'?

In Del Loewenthal’s latest work 'Post-existentialism and the psychological therapies: Towards a therapy without foundations', Del explores the concept of post-existentialism through a series of essays with his co-authors Julia Cayne, Tom Cotton, Dennis Greenwood, Patrick Larsson, Robert Snell and Rhiannon Thomas, all from the Research Centre for Therapeutic Education in the Department of Psychology.

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