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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This is an eclectic collection of interviews about psychotherapy with well known clinicians.
Purpose: The book aims to distill sage advice from highly accomplished therapists. Many of these therapists have pioneered new theories and interventions, such as Albert Ellis and Francine Shapiro. The interviews are individualized and are enjoyable and insightful to read.
Audience: It is written at an appropriate level for clinicians and students and perhaps the more inquisitive mental health consumer as well.
Features: What is terrific about this book is the great variety of the legendary clinicians and their diverse approaches and interventions in mental health. From Schneidman's work with suicidal patients to Glasser's discussion of Reality Therapy to a discussion of creativity with Samuel Gladding, this book is sure to include memorable reading for any clinician.
Assessment: The author jokingly refers to this book as "Lessons from the Legends of the Couch." He had lengthy discussions with a diverse group of eminent psychotherapists and these interviews are sure to be as useful to the clinician as they are enjoyable to read.