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A Consumers Guide to Psychotherapy
     

A Consumers Guide to Psychotherapy

by Larry E. Beutler, Joel N. Shurkin, Bruce Bongar
 

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, this work 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.

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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, this work 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 symptoms and circumstances, it is essential to choose your therapist wisely, with as much forethought as possible.

Empowering you to make that choice with confidence and to be a knowledgeable participant in your own treatment, this book is essential for all those seeking or merely curious about psychotherapy.

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"At last, advice to psychotherapy patients that is firmly based in scientific research and clinical experience. The authors bring many years of clinical expertise and distinguished research careers together in a readable and informative presentation. This book will be particularly helpful to people who are seeking treatment for emotional problems and for patients who are not sure about the value of the treatment they are getting....Will help patients feel empowered to shape their treatment, an empowerment that is particularly relevant in this era of managed care."—Kenneth I. Howard, Northwestern University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195139204
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/08/2001
Edition description:
1ST PBK. E
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Kenneth I. Howard
At last, advice to psychotherapy patients that is firmly based in scientific research and clinical experience. The authors bring many years of clinical expertise and distinguished research careers together in a readable and informative presentation. This book will be particularly helpful to people who are seeking treatment for emotional problems and for patients who are not sure about the value of the treatment they are getting. The knowledge contained in Am I Crazy or Is My Shrink? will help patients feel empowered to shape their treatment, an empowerment that is particularly relevant in this era of managed care.

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, Stanford University. Joel N. Shurkin is a freelance journalist.

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