THE PSYCHOTHERAPY MAZE: A Consumer's Guide to the Ins and Outs of Therapy by Otto & Miriam Ehrenberg

THE PSYCHOTHERAPY MAZE: A Consumer's Guide to the Ins and Outs of Therapy

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A guide to psychotherapies which focuses on the client's rights and examines related aspects of the procedure: selecting a therapist, arriving at an agreement about goals and terms of treatment, dealing with all those sticky issues like missed sessions, use of names, and emergencies. Like other manuals, this characterizes specific types of therapy in a few paragraphs but these distillations won't win kudos all around: the authors are wary of fads, suspicious of shooting stars and bestsellers, and decidedly cool, moreover, toward therapists who keep their distance--which would include most psychiatrists. The Ehrenbergs, psychologists practicing in New York City, are adamant about the fights of the client (not ""patient"") to know the therapist's credentials and basic attitudes, to clarify values and establish goals at the outset, and to evaluate progress at regular intervals. They also suggest ways to distinguish resistance from incompatibility and reflect on the (often extra-professional) reasons for variations in a therapist's performance. Unlike Kovel's discriminating A Complete Guide to Therapy, which explores the nature of neurosis and the efficacy of particular treatments, or Park and Shapiro's When You Need Help, which extends its coverage to related mental health problems like autism and retardation, this concentrates on the ground rules for getting your money's worth but looks peripherally at the main event, which makes it a partial, limited source.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1977
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston