Therapy's Best: Practical Advice and Gems of Wisdom from Twenty Accompolished Counselors and Therapists

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Insightful interviews with a Who’s Who of the world’s foremost therapists

Therapy’s Best is a lively and entertaining collection of one-on-one interviews with some of the top therapists and counselors in the world. Educator and psychotherapist Dr. Howard G. Rosenthal talks with twenty of therapy’s legends, including Albert Ellis, arguably the greatest clinical psychologist and therapist of our time; assertiveness training pioneer Robert Alberti; experiential psychotherapist Al Mahrer; and William Glasser, the father of reality therapy and choice theory. Each interview reveals insights into the therapists’ personal lives, their observations on counseling, and the helping profession in general, and their thoughts on what really works when dealing with clients in need.

The interviews found in Therapy’s Best uncover treatment strategies that are often missing from traditional textbooks, journal articles, courses, and seminars related to assertiveness training, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), marriage and family counseling, transactional analysis, psychoanalysis, suicide prevention, voice therapy, experiential psychotherapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). Conversations with the "best and brightest" (including two recipients of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy’s "Living Legends" award) reveal why these therapists are such effective helpers, what makes their theories so popular, and most important, what makes them tick. This unique book lets you "rub elbows" with these consummate professionals and learn more about their theories, ideas, and experiences.

Therapy’s Best includes interviews with:

  • Dr. Albert Ellis—creator of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and APA Division of Psychotherapy "Living Legend"
  • Dr. Edwin Schneidman—the foremost expert on suicide prevention, suicidology, and thanatology
  • Richard Nelson Bolles—author of What Color Is Your Parachute?
  • Dr. Dorothy and Dr. Ray Bevcar—husband and wife therapists who write textbooks on marriage counseling
  • Dr. Al Mahrer—father of experiential psychotherapy and APA Division of Psychotherapy "Living Legend"
  • Les Greenberg—father of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Muriel James—co-author of Born to Win
  • and many more!
Therapy’s Best is a must read for professionals who practice counseling and psychotherapy, students preparing to do likewise, and anyone else with an interest in therapy—and the people with provide it.
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Reviewer: 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.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Lessons from the Legends of the Couch. The Svengali Interviews. Robert Alberti on Assertiveness: Rights and Writes. The Marriage-Counseling Mystique: A Candid Interview with Dorothy and Ray Becvar. Schmoozing with Bob Bertolino: Solution-Oriented Brief Therapy Is Coming to a Treatment Center Near You. Flying High with the World’s Best-Known Job-Hunting Counselor: Richard Nelson Bolles. The Mummy at the Dining Room Table and Beyond: An Insightful Interview with Dr. Jon Carlson. Psychotherapy Is a Strange Field: An In-Depth Chat with a Seasoned Professional, Raymond J. Corsini. The REBT Story You Haven’t Heard: A No-Holds-Barred Interview with Albert Ellis. Voice Therapy: An Interview with Robert and Lisa Firestone. Samuel T. Gladding on Creativity. One-on-One with William Glasser: Counseling with Choice Theory, the New Reality Therapy. Les Greenberg: Emotion Makes a Comeback. The Wisdom of Muriel James. An Interview with Jeffrey Kottler. Taking off the Gloves with Al Mahrer, the Undisputed Welterweight Experiential Therapy Champion of the World. Psychoanalysis Now and Then: A Conversation with Nancy McWilliams. The Gambling Addiction Era Cometh: A Thought-Provoking Interview with Lia Nower. An Encounter with EMDR Pioneer Francine Shapiro: The Eyes Have It. A Psychological Approach to Psychotherapy with Suicidal Patients: An Intellectual Exchange with Edwin S. Shneidman. What We Can Learn from Accomplished Counselors and Therapists: A Baker’s Dozen of Insightful Gems of Wisdom. References.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

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    This book is simply outstanding. This book is an example of why Dr. Rosenthal's books should be mandatory and essential for all aspiring counselors.

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