Am I Crazy, or Is It My Shrink; How to Get the Help You Need

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With over 400 types of psychotherapy available, ranging from the highly effective to the highly questionable to the downright fraudulent, the task of choosing a therapist can be daunting. Now, Am I Crazy Or Is My Shrink? gives you all the information you need to get the most effective help and to know when your therapy is working—or when it's time for a change.
Drawing on years of practical experience and the most up-to-date research, the authors give you expert guidance on all ...

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Overview

With over 400 types of psychotherapy available, ranging from the highly effective to the highly questionable to the downright fraudulent, the task of choosing a therapist can be daunting. Now, Am I Crazy Or Is My Shrink? gives you all the information you need to get the most effective help and to know when your therapy is working—or when it's time for a change.
Drawing on years of practical experience and the most up-to-date research, the authors give you expert guidance on all the issues you should consider, whether you're seeking therapy or uncertain about the therapy you're receiving: What questions should I ask my therapist about a recommended treatment? What personal qualities and professional qualifications should I look for in a therapist? What do research studies say about the effectiveness of a particular therapy? How do I recognize when a therapist is not right for me? How can I tell when my therapist's behavior is unethical or unprofessional? What strategies can I use to evaluate my progress? The authors also provide an overview of the main branches of psychotherapy and suggest which approaches are best suited to the most commonly occurring problems, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders, relationship and sexual difficulties, and many others. Finally, the authors stress that because therapies don't come with warning labels, and because a therapist will typically apply his or her theory to whoever walks through the door, regardless of their unique symptoms and circumstances, it is essential to choose your therapist wisely, with as much forethought as possible.
Am I Crazy Or Is My Shrink? empowers you to make that choice with confidence and to be a knowledgeable participant in your own treatment.

"...provides need-to-know information to ensure effective therapy and offers guidance on deciding when its time to make a change...draws on years of practical experience and up-to-date research."

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Despite its frivolous title, this book is the serious product of research by two experts on psychotherapy (Beutler, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara; Bruce Bongar, Stanford Univ.) working in collaboration with journalist Joel Shurkin. The result is an authoritative text for the general reader that will also be useful to clinicians. It covers adult outpatient situations (not hospital treatment, psychoses, addictions, etc.) of some 400 different therapies available and practiced, only a handful of which have been evaluated scientifically. From depression and anxiety to sleep disorders and sexual and marital problems, the authors report what research tells about the effectiveness of psychotherapy and medication. Guidelines are given, the most basic being to find "someone you respect and like and who seems to listen and care about what happens to you." Questions for and about your therapist are given, along with warning signs of unsatisfactory treatment. Along with the more comprehensive Caring for the Mind (LJ 4/15/95), this book belongs on a short list of current, clear, practical guides for consumers of mental health services.E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195107807
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry E. Beutler is Professor of Education and Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Bruce Bongar is Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Joel N. Shurkin is a freelance journalist.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 What You Should Know About Therapy 11
2 Who Offers Help and Does It Make a Difference? 29
3 How Treatment Is Kept Accountable 45
4 Seeking the Healing Patient-Therapist Relationship 63
5 How Helpful Is Diagnosis? 79
6 What Is Different About Different Therapies? 97
7 How We Discover What Works 119
8 What Works with What Problems? 135
9 Am I Crazy, Or Is It My Shrink? 181
Appendix 197
Suggested Readings 199
Index 205
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