In recent years there has been a cautious movement towards seeing psychotherapy and counselling as arts not as sciences. In this rich, yet rigorous, multidisciplinary text, this movement is explored in terms of poetry; therapy; dreams; literary texts; Heideggerian, Kantian, and post-modern philosophy; the modern developmental theorising of Daniel Stern; and the politics of psychotherapy regulation. This path-breaking book offers a grounded challenge to reductive visions of the therapy process.
Howard Wilkinson, BA (Cantab), MA, M Psych, is a fellow of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, currently Chair of its Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy Section, with a literary and theological background, out of which thinking in 'The Muse as Therapist' originated. He is also a founding co-director of Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute, a member of the UKCP, and was senior editor of the 'International Journal of Psychotherapy' and the journal of the European Association for Psychotherapy.