Axiological Foundations of Psychotherapy

Robert L. Woolfolk, Dominic Murphy

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The evaluative and prescriptive (axiological) underpinnings of psychotherapy and psychodiagnosis are explored through an examination of philosophical and cultural assumptions underlying assessment and intervention. Normative and objectivist conceptions of psychopathology and psychotherapy are investigated. Both concepts of mental disorder and the theory and practice of psychotherapy are shown to be inextricably intertwined with human interests and with conceptions of human flourishing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-191
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Psychotherapy Integration
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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