This is an English title of my new book published last month in Polish. It consists of fourteen interviews – seven of them are my conversations with patients who have been hurt by psychotherapy and seven with famous Polish psychotherapists and who try to explain what has happened in each of presented case. As the whole book is in Polish, I didn’t intend to write about this book on an English language version of my blog until I received a message from one of my readers who made me aware that this book is somehow unique not only on the Polish book market but perhaps in the World. There are plenty of published interviews with psychotherapists, with patients during psychotherapy, there is even a book in which therapists relate how they were deceived by patients, but none similar to “Psychotherapy Without Makeup”. Perhaps… If you came across a similar book, please let me know.
It’s only been a month since the publication of the book, and I have already received a lot of positive feedback from readers. Especially from those who have bad experiences with psychotherapy and who feel ignored by their surroundings. In their opinion, this book spoke with their voices. Some of them suggested that it would be worth to translate it into English. I am not so enthusiastic about this idea, especially that every country has its own psychotherapeutic specifics. That is, what could be interesting for the Polish reader sometimes could be completely indifferent to the English one. But maybe it would be worth to translate some of the reviews and to conduct new conversations with patients and therapists from other countries? I know that among the readers of my blog are some people who had bad experiences with psychotherapy, so I am curious about your opinion on that idea. I would be grateful for your feedback.
As it often happens, as well as, in this case, I received a lot of ill-considered criticism and even hate. I do not care much about it. As Tana Dineen wrote in her wonderful book “Manufacturing Victims”:
But the Psychology Industry is not an ally at all; it is a self-serving business determined to extend its influence, expand its markets and increase its overall profits. It intends that people accept their need for psychology, assume an inferior and dependent role, and become “users.” It is through caring that psychologists create need, and through helping that they establish dependency.
The journalists and filmmakers received this book much warmer. Bartosz Panek, Prix Italia 2014 winner wrote:
Tomasz Witkowski proves once again that common sense is the greatest treasure of a man, and knowledge is still a sure investment.
Konrad Szołajski – film director and scenarist expressed his opinion about the book in this way:
Shocking stories about a sinister reality that we have no chance to see every day. Non-fiction, though one would like to believe that it’s just literary fiction.
More opinions about the book, reviews, interviews etc. you will find HERE.
 Kottler, Jeffrey A. and Carlson, Jon. Bad Therapy- Master Therapists Share Their Worst Failures. New York: Brunner-Routledge, 2002.