Author Val Thomas Reflects on the Opening Chapter in Cynical Therapies – the Historical Context

Val Thomas, DPsych, is the co-founder of Critical Therapy Antidote (CTA), a platform for mental health practitioners concerned by the encroachments of Critical Social Justice in the therapy field. She is a UK-based psychotherapist, writer and formerly a counsellor educator. And she is the editor of Cynical Therapies – Perspectives on the Antitherapeutic Nature of Critical Social Justice. In this episode, Val reflects on her chapter which provides an account of how the therapy field arrived at this critical point where it has opened itself up to a takeover by a political ideology. She also discusses the need for a return to the healing ethos of psychotherapy, which requires the principled stance of integrity by ethical mental healthcare providers.

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