The original international voice for 
genuine reform in psychiatry and mental health 
since 1971









The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Peter R. Breggin MD for professionals and non-professionals who want to raise ethical and scientific standards in psychology and psychiatry.  The board of directors, advisory council and membership include professionals in many fields spanning psychology, counseling, social work, nursing, psychiatry, and other medical specialties, neuroscience, education, religion, and law, as well as concerned advocates, families and laypersons.  Join the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy,  Education & Living today! Be part of this  innovative and forward thinking field.

Psychiatric diagnoses, drugs, electroshock and other biological interventions are not the answer to human psychological and spiritual suffering.  The Center is devoted to examining the false theories and dangerous practices of biological psychiatry and to replacing them with more humane and caring approaches. For the latest news, research and growing scientific resources see our ToxicPsychiatry.org project.  

Our conferences are among the most scientifically informed, innovative, and inspiring. For many professionals and advocates they are life-changing.  Join us for our annual Empathic Therapy Conference for International Counselors, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Educators.  Families, advocates and the general public are encouraged to attend!  Empathic relationship can be the basis of  a wonderful, healing, thriving life. And remember, Empathic Therapy Conference DVD sets are available here, with many informative, stimulating and inspiring hours of conference material.


To be fully involved in the emerging field of Empathic Therapy:

1. Join our reform organization The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education & Living
2. Join Dr. Peter Breggin for our 2014 Empathic Therapy Conference in Safety Harbor, Florida!
2. Buy and study our Empathic Therapy Conference DVDs.
3. Sign up for our free e-newsletter, chock full of information, perspectives and news.
4. Listen weekly to Dr. Peter Breggin's inspiring internet radio talk show with some of the best guests in the world in the arena of mental health and living.
5. Visit ToxicPsychiatry.org; our Center reference and information resource.
6. Consult the ECTResources website, Dr. Peter Breggin's extensive resource site about the dangerous and damaging effects of ECT and why the process should be banned.
7. Attend our next Empathic Therapy Conference (to be announced).

Be part of the future of Empathic Therapy!  


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Peter R. Breggin, MD has no affiliation with ISEPP, which is the new name for the organization which he founded and led from 1972-2002, originally named Center for the Study of Psychiatry or ICSPP. Dr. Breggin does not support or take part in ISEPP activities or conferences.
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Warning!  Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be dangerous to stop them. Withdrawal from psychiatric drugs should be done carefully under experienced clinical supervision. Methods for safely withdrawing from psychiatric drugs are discussed in Dr. Breggin's new book, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients, and Their Families.