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Person-centred therapy and medical metaphors for distress: Rediscovering our radical roots

ARTICLESanders, Pete - 48–2 (2010)

SUMMARY

The radical foundations of Rogers’ client centred/ person-centred therapy (PCT) are briefly described in terms of it’s position regarding the medicalisation distress. Illich’s concept of iatrogenesis is explained and PCT is described as the antidote to all three levels of iatrogenesis: clinical, social and cultural, and the growth model implicit in PCT is compared to a medicalised health model. Alliances between PCT and academics and professionals sharing similar critical values are recommended. Particular groups are suggested including, those critical of psychotropic medication, those championing psychological explanations and treatments over biological psychology and most importantly, service users.

KEYWORDS

person-centred psychotherapy, medical metaphors, radical roots