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Psychotherapy, Philosophy of

  1. Stanley B. Messer,
  2. Robert L. Woolfolk

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0758

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Messer, S. B. and Woolfolk, R. L. 2010. Psychotherapy, Philosophy of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. Rutgers University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Psychotherapy is often considered to be an applied science consisting of a compendium of techniques or approaches validated by empirical research. Alternately, it is viewed as an art form requiring a creative, intuitive, and individualistic approach to clients and their problems. Psychotherapy, however, can also be regarded as a philosophically influenced practice whose underpinnings transcend its scientific, human engineering, or artistic dimensions.


  • psychotherapy;
  • philosophy;
  • philosophy of psychotherapy