The word psychotherapy covers a vast array of different approaches to tackling the problems of both human unhappiness and human growth. It is this very variety that makes the field of psychotherapy so exciting, challenging and at times confusing.
In this issue of Inside Out we look at some of these approaches. Richard Erskine, in his article on Cure and Script, describes his work with life scripts and how to change them. Patrick Sell looks at the biodynamic, Reichian approach and the work of Gerda Boyesen. And Alan Mooney considers the emergence of the ’new man’ and the value of groups in facilitating this changing role.
We have two interviews: Helen Davis of the Minster Centre, in conversation with Ger Murphy, gives us the benefit of her considerable experience both as a therapist and as a trainer of therapists and has some interesting thoughts on the profession of Psychotherapy in Europe today; Mary Montaut talks to Margaret Vasington and Audrey Dickson about their work with animal imagery and the Totem Pole Workshops.
Our Course Report in this issue comes from a participant: Joe Gleeson gives us his reaction to the one-year full time professional Diploma training in counselling psychology at Trinity College, Dublin.
In future issues we hope to continue to explore this varied world of psychotherapy and counselling by focusing on specific issues. In our next issue we look at Women and Therapy.