Thorsten Padberg

Psychologische Praxis Thorsten Padberg
Baumschulenstr. 73
12437 Berlin, Germany

Phone.: +49 30 53017828

Thorsten Padberg is a psychologist and philosopher from Germany. His interests include the study of the social ramifications of psychological discourse and psychotherapeutic practice. He was a member of the Bochumer Arbeitsgruppe für Sozialen Konstruktivismus und Wirklichkeitsprüfung at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, he studied with Kenneth Gergen at Swarthmore. He studied philosophy with special interest in philosophy of language, mind-body-dualism and theory of science.

He now works as a therapist and supervisor in Berlin. He teaches and writes.

He has published numerous articles on subjects as the science-practice gap in psychotherapy, the (non-)effectiveness of antidepressants, the rhetoric of objectivity in psychological research, and dangers of psychiatric diagnosis.

Thorsten has written for German newspapers and scientific magazines including Die Zeit, Psychologie Heute, Psychotherpeutenjournal and systemagazin. Some of his text can be read online:

Selected texts: 

  • „Warum lesen Psychotherapeuten keine Forschungsliteratur?“ (Why Psychotherapists Don’t Read Research)
  • „Die Pflicht zur standardisierten Diagnostik droht zum Selbstgespräch zu werden“ (The Argument about Standardized Diagnostics Increasingly Resembles a Monologue)
  • „Rezension von Thomas Szasz: Geisteskrankheit – ein moderner Mythos“ (Review of Thomas Szasz’s The Myth of Mental Illness)
  • „Nachwort zu Ethan Watters: Crazy Like Us. Wie Amerika den Rest der Welt verrückt macht“ (Afterword for Ethan Watter’s Crazy Like Us) 

All the above can be read online here:

On Antidepressants: 

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