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This book offers both a wide range of critical perspectives on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) from around the world, and substantial responses to them. It represents the first attempt to engage in print with the controversies and complexities that have exercised - sometimes painfully - the therapy and counselling world, since CBT has risen to such cultural prominence as Western governments take a serious interest in the psychological therapies as instruments of public policy-making. Against and For CBT will be essential reading for psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and counsellors of each and every approach who are concerned with understanding the phenomenon that is 'CBT and its discontents'. It will be core reading both on Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)/CBT and contrasting modality training courses that wish to encourage critical engagement with the meaning and cultural context of the therapeutic endeavour.