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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book is an excellent journey into modern dynamic psychotherapy in which the author emphasizes the various and sometimes overlooked facets of the working alliance between patient and therapist.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to demonstrate that the working alliance between patient and therapist is necessary to achieve therapeutic effectiveness. In turn, therapeutic effectiveness can only be achieved through listening to patients. The author guides the clinician into relearning the art of listening to patients and covers the basic tenets of warm, empathic psychotherapy. The author's objectives are undeniably achieved.
Audience: Targeted toward psychiatry residents, medical students, and trainees in clinical psychology, social work, and nursing, this book is an exceptional piece of psychiatric work for any level clinician. The author epitomizes what a true teacher is. His credibility and knowledge are unquestionable, and his warm compassion for patients shines ever so brightly through his writing.
Features: The author guides readers in a logical and chronological sequence from the establishment of rapport to more complicated issues of psychotherapy such as conflict and transference. Highlights include the termination of psychotherapy and the knowledge and experience that come with supervision. Actual case histories are provided in each chapter to demonstrate the author's successes and failures in practicing psychotherapy.
Assessment: In an era where clinicians are pressured to be both efficient and provide quality care, the importance of listening may sometimes be neglected. This book is a back-to-basics approach in an easy-to-follow format, and the author reminds clinicians to listen and promote empathy, flexibility, and imagination in therapy. A book such as this is rare; it is one which I found personally difficult to put down, and one which I had to read from cover to cover. I was moved and inspired by the author and would wholeheartedly recommend this book to any clinician.