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An Introduction to Counselling, Fifth Edition by John Mcleod

By John Mcleod

This bestseller offers a accomplished creation to the idea and perform of counselling and psychotherapy.

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The earliest forms of psychotherapy: hypnosis and psychoanalysis By the end of the nineteenth century psychiatry had achieved a dominant position in the care of the insane, now recategorized as ‘mentally ill’. From within medicine and psychiatry, there now evolved a new specialism of psychotherapy. The earliest physicians to call themselves psychotherapists had been Van Renterghem and Van Eeden, who opened a Clinic of Suggestive Psychotherapy in Amsterdam in 1887 (Ellenberger 1970). Van Eeden defined psychotherapy as: ‘.

Hypnosis was a phenomenon of great interest to the European medical profession in the nineteenth century. Originally discovered by the pioneers of ‘animal magnetism’, Johann Joseph Gassner (1727–79) and Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815), hypnotism came to be widely used as an anaesthetic in surgical operations before the invention of chemical anaesthetics. During the 1880s, the influential French psychiatrists Charcot and Janet began to experiment with hypnosis as a means of treating ‘hysterical’ patients.

It is also a social activity that has a social meaning. Often, people turn to counselling at a point of transition, such as the transition from child to adult, married to divorced, addict to straight, or when they are struggling to adapt to social institutions. Within these contexts, counsellors are rarely managers or executives who hold power in colleges, businesses or communities. Counsellors, instead, have a more ‘liminal’ role, being employed at the edge of these institutions to deal with those in danger of falling off or falling out.

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