Therapist and Critic of Psychiatry Thomas Szasz (1920-2012)
The well-known psychotherapist and vocal critic of psychiatry Thomas Szasz has died.
His categorical rejection of coercion and psychopathologization in mental healthcare and his collaboration with the Church of Scientology made him one of the most divisive figures in the history of 20th century psychiatry. It is often forgotten, however, that Szasz was trained in psychoanalysis and practiced psychotherapy.
YouTube showcases numerous videos of Szasz’s lectures and interviews. But one particularly interesting video comes from a panel discussion held at the first “Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference” in 1985. There, Szasz speaks on the topic “Role of Therapist, Role of Client,” along with colleagues Rollo May, Carl Rogers, and Virginia Satir. The video, which is ideal for using in the classroom, offers a rare opportunity to see Szasz situate himself vis a vis some of the most influential psychotherapists of his time.