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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: In this book the author sets out to propose the importance of implementing the existential-humanistic approach in psychotherapy and stresses the need to focus on the actual experience of the client in the living moment, rather than the all too commonly used information-gathering approach.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with a reexamination of the key postulates that have been inherently active in theory and practice. Specifically emphasized is the psychotherapist's awareness of the client's actual here-and-now experiencing and his/her role as the facilitator rather than the healer in the client's self-discovery during therapy. The author's objectives are met, and while this is a noble contribution, the overall focus of this book is not entirely new territory in the practice of psychotherapy.
Audience: Intended mainly for psychotherapists, psychiatric residents and graduate students will also find this book useful. The author is focused and brings a vast mount of objective and subjective knowledge to the subject matter.
Features: This book includes useful tables, bullet lists, and examples of therapeutic interviews to illustrate chapter material. The index is well organized, and the appendix provides a useful quick reference as well as the foundation for this psychotherapy. The references are appropriate and are reflective of the author's history and experience in the field.
Assessment: This is a useful book for psychotherapists as well as psychiatric residents and graduate students. While this book allows the reader to discover the existential-humanistic approach in psychotherapy, the everyday use in clinical practice may be limited due to limited session amounts that can hinder the overall benefits of this psychotherapy. The approach of the here-and-now framework in opposition to the information-gathering approach is ideal but not entirely realistic across psychiatric populations. Therefore, the psychotherapist in today's clinical arena will benefit from a majority of the aspects in this book but may not be able to fully implement the entire approach.