Huge cuts to benefits and services are about to hit millions of Britons which will exacerbate the troubled and troubling times we are living in. In the UK in the last 35 years the social fabric has dramatically changed, the Bevanite settlement and welfare state has been profoundly (possibly irreversibly) pulled apart. Since the end of the cold war we have seen the seemingly relentless march of neoliberalism and untamed capitalism, the spread of globalisation, and of rising inequality. The world many grew up in and expected to continue is on the retreat and many in the helping professions such as psychotherapists feel the need to find a response which articulates our core beliefs and hopes. This is maybe all the more urgent as attempts are made to co-opt psychotherapy into neoliberal agendas with worrying implications. We have seen a spate of protests about the ways in which the government treats those who need to claim what we used to call social security and is now derisorily called ‘welfare’ Mental health workers have staged protests against attempts to integrate mental health clinics with jobcentres, and groups such as the alliance for psychotherapy and counselling are increasingly making their opposition heard.