Letter to the Guardian: Cut-price therapy and the trauma underlying mental ill health

by Julia Evans on November 8, 2012

Some more on taint or stigma and the Government’s use of power.

My recent posting is also relevant, available here The pot (HM’s Opposition party) calls the kettle (Celebrity culture) black & its relation to the Government’s production of taint in its clinic of Mental Health: 2 new posts: Reminder – conference on current issues on Sunday December 2nd by Julia Evans on November 1, 2012  or here

Remember the Alliance conference:

More details: http://www.allianceforcandp.org

or Invitation: The Future of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Sunday 2nd December by Julia Evans on October 11, 2012 or here

or Reminder: important rally – The Future of Counselling and Psychotherapy: Sunday 2nd December, 2012 by Julia Evans on November 1, 2012 or here

Please let the Alliance know if you plan to be there: info@allianceforcandp.org

Cut-price therapy and the trauma underlying mental ill health

Letters : Available here 

The Guardian, Wednesday 7 November 2012 21.00 GMT

A right to therapy on the NHS (The nasty babble which stigmatises depression, 3 November)? Well, it all depends what you mean by therapy. There is a serious risk of Labour in government confirming the current situation wherein good standard psychotherapy and counselling is only available to those who can afford it – an injustice that is getting worse. True, the growth in the number of psychotherapists, and increased realism on their part, means that private psychotherapy is not as expensive as it once was. But for a majority of people there is no other place to go for their talking cures than the NHS. And what is happening there is scandalous. Psychotherapy services are being closed or “rationalised” across the country, over the impotent protests of the various professional organisations. Decades of skill and commitment are being junked, and against patients’ wishes.

All of it is justified because a cut-price, watered-down form of therapy is available on the seductively entitled Improving Access to Psychological Therapies scheme. The science of this project (the so-called Nice guidelines) is dubious, ignoring thousands of studies showing how helpful real psychotherapy can be. The intent is to get people to conform to society’s expectations and return to work, or come off benefits. What many Guardian readers understand as psychotherapy – whether they approve of it or not – is unavailable for those who want it.

Andrew Samuels

Professor of analytical psychology, University of Essex