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Initially found exclusively in the private sector it is starting to establish itself in the public sector as more and more clients request a humanistic style of psychotherapy. Practitioners tend to work with reasonably functional clients who have a problem with a particular area of life such as relationships or work. It is, though, being found to have effectiveness with more deep-rooted problems such as personality disorder ( Johnson, 2000; Bulmer, 2003; Shah, 2004). Frequency varies from a number of times a week to fortnightly or even monthly.

Jason’s depressive mood started to lift and he developed a sense of optimism. He used his growing self-awareness to further his development. Once the client had developed awareness then he might work through early experiences which are unresolved. The sense of wholeness that humanistic and integrative practitioners regard as central to their practice was experienced by the client as he relived past experiences with an intensity that he had denied himself originally. Jason allowed himself to feel the anger and sadness of deciding to ‘give up’ his childhood for his depressed mother.

The women’s movement in the 1960s and 1970s coined the phrase ‘the personal is political’ and focused on raising self-awareness (consciousness-raising) as a political tool. qxd 28 5/2/2007 7:52 PM Page 28 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOTHERAPY psychotherapy from the hands of ‘the experts’ and make it accessible to women. Feminist therapy has since developed into a therapeutic model in its own right, across humanistic and psychodynamic fields. It seeks to challenge the patriarchal assumptions that are seen to be inherent in most psychotherapeutic approaches and to empower women to develop their self-esteem, assertiveness and capacity to author their own lives (McLellan, 1995).

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