Excellent article, Toe! Brings up a lot of feelings for me, both from my younger life and now too. I did some therapy with a friend (I know, transference, blah, blah) some years ago who turned me on to a myriad of alternatives to clinical psychology. Learned a lot from him about stuff (history of the Greens, deep ecology, gay rights, feminism, etc.) I had only looked at somewhat peripherally. He always tied psychology & counseling with politics. Very aware of the role of oppression in mental health issues. I could almost write a book about our discussions, never mind the smattering of actual therapy I did with him. Changed my life deeply. Met him at a time of traumatic loss in my family.
One branch comes to mind - Radical Psychology. You might enjoy perusing these:http://radicalpsychology.org/http://www.claudesteiner.com/rpbrief.htm
Radical Psychiatry holds that all functional psychiatric difficulties are forms of alienation resulting from the mystified oppression of people who are isolated from each other.
People's alienation is the result of power abuse and is therefore a political matter. Any person in the practice of psychiatry (Greek; psyche=soul, iatria=healing) becomes involved in the personal politics of those he or she attempts to help, either as an ally or as an oppressor; there is no chance of neutrality for a person with power, in an oppressive situation. In order to be helpful, any person who claims to practice soul healing needs to become an ally against the oppressive influences in the lives of those he or she is attempting to help.
The "loony left" comments need to be asserted for what they are. Giving me ideas.