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Marketising the Mental Health Crisis: How the CBT Empire-Builders Colonised the NHS

1 month ago   |   By Novara Media

Just before the general election, a colleague and I met shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth's team to make the case for scrapping the government's flagship talking therapy service, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies .
It would have been a long, hard sell, even to a left Labour government. Politicians, NHS bosses and the media have been singing the praises of short term cognitive behavioural therapy for years. And, for Labour, after all, IAPT is one of its own, launched in 2008 by Tony Blair's ‘happiness tsar' Lord Richard Layard, and trumpeted around the world as a sort of...
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