Explores the philosophical context within which psychotherapy functions.
"Jerry Downing ... has written a remarkable book, which clearly articulates the ways in which our ideas of reality (ontology) and knowledge (epistemology) contribute to the variety of endeavors that we call psychotherapy." -- Transcultural Psychiatry
"This book brings clarity to any examination of the philosophical underpinnings of psychological practice." -- Lisa Hoshmand, author of Orientation to Inquiry in a Reflective Professional Psychology
"I think the topic is very significant. In this Age of Information--where there are so many psychotherapeutic theories--we need a philosophical framework to guide us. Downing does a good job of this. His work is comprehensive and scholarly." -- John Suler, Rider University and Private Practice
About the Author
Jerry N. Downing is Training Director at the Counseling Center, University of San Francisco.