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Therapy as a form of social control debated in Therapy Today interview

Therapy has to be voluntary and not a condition for receiving benefits. Also, the therapist should not have an agenda for the client, Professor Del Loewenthal said in an interview within Therapy Today magazine. 

Posted: 17 July 2015

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Professor Del Loewenthal
Chartered psychologist Del Loewenthal, a Professor in the Department of Psychology, whose research involves therapeutic education said in the article entitled ‘Should Counsellors work with Workfare’? “There is a danger that psychological therapists are becoming part of the problem rather than the solution. At what point does therapy become a form of social control?”

Professor Loewenthal highlighted that there is already danger in some psychologists and psychiatrists being seen as agents of the state and doesn’t think that psychological therapists should be involved in Department for Work and Pensions welfare-to-work programmes.

Find out more about Professor Del Loewenthal’s research and his latest book ‘Critical Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Counselling’ which was recently the basis of a conference at the Freud Museum.

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