HELP: A Guide to Counseling and Therapy Without a Hassle by Jane Marks

HELP: A Guide to Counseling and Therapy Without a Hassle

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Pointing out why self-help books, parents, and friends aren't necessarily the best resource, and that hotlines, guidance counselors, and clergymen may or may not be, Marks debunks some common prejudices against seeking professional help, explains the differences between psychiatrist, psychologist, and social worker (emphasizing that all are ""on your side,"" and not judgmental authority figures), reviews different forms of therapy (it needn't take years--sometimes one or two sessions are enough to help you cope with the immediate problem), and even describes ""what the atmosphere is like"" in the office. Street clinics, runaway centers, and abortion and suicide counseling services get special attention, and Marks also makes clear that therapy is ""no panacea"" and warns of a few types of practitioners to watch out for (most notably, the answer man--""Advice is worth nothing""). Marks seems a bit cavalier about financial considerations, but sensible and in touch overall.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1976
Publisher: Messner