A Consumer's Guide to Psychotherapy

A Consumer's Guide to Psychotherapy

by JoelN.Shurkin (Author), Bruce Bongar (Author), LarryE.Beutler (Author)


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 unique 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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Edition: 1st Pbk. Ed
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Published: 01 Jan 2001

ISBN 10: 0195139208
ISBN 13: 9780195139204

Media Reviews
The book is easy to read, and provides a comprehensive overview of all the main approaches to therapy, the effectivness of different interventions, and the process of diagnosis ... A distinctive feature of the book is its emphasis on research evidence, and on the importance of choosing a therapy that has been demonstrated to be effective. Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, Vol 3, No 3
Author Bio

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.