In Chapter 10 (“Rethinking Psychotherapy’s Location in a Society”), Tjeltveit discusses the role of psychotherapy in society, including its relationship to politics, ethics, and law. He is for a public philosophy for psychotherapy. He also sees psychotherapy as too individualistic and not as focused on benefiting the broader society: “If psychology is to become recognized by the public and managed care as a major player in the mental health marketplace, we must be seen as proficient in addressing the nation’s social concerns” (p. 234).
For reflection: How do we balance the focus on the individual with a focus on what is best for society? Where are the tensions in this?