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A Brief History of Psychotherapy
  • Timothy Thomason, Northern Arizona University

This paper provides an overview of the historical development of psychotherapy, from ancient religious beliefs about demon possession causing mental illness to modern concepts of brain-based mental functioning. The evolution of psychotherapy is described, from psychoanalysis to the medical model which is dominant today. Freud’s “talking cure” has changed greatly since his time, and there are many competing theories, but psychotherapy is still fundamentally a talking cure in the sense it consists of therapeutic conversation in the context of a helping relationship.

  • history,
  • psychotherapy
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Timothy Thomason. "A Brief History of Psychotherapy" (2005)
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