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Which Psychotherapy? : Leading Exponents Explain Their Differences - Colin Feltham

Which Psychotherapy?

Leading Exponents Explain Their Differences

By: Colin Feltham (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 1997
ISBN: 9780803974791
Number Of Pages: 224

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This text seeks to provide answers to the questions: can mainstream therapeutic orientations co-exist in harmony?; are the frictions between them serious or unimportant?; is integrationism a myth or a new orientation in the making?; and can therapy continue being a pluralistic field? The book demonstrates that 20th-century psychotherapy has been characterized by serious disagreement on views of human nature, treatment rationales and goals. The eight contributors focus on the diversity of their chosen methods of psychotherapy, and show why they cannot, for the most part, be integrated with other approaches. They identify the distinctive properties of their orientations, and discuss questions such as: why they came to found, adapt or choose the methodology they currently practise; what criticisms they consider valid; which other approaches they consider effective, misleading or dangerous; which approaches seem more promising or effective; why their approach is more effective or comprehensive, and suited to certain clients and problems; and research findings which suggest that no one approach is more valid than any other.

`Eight distinguished practitioners address twelve different questions, aimed at identifying the distinctive qualities of their own approach and demonstrating how it has been arrived at. The result is a book that will allow both experienced practitioners and trainees to become familiar with and compare the current thinking of these well-known people... the very passion of these opposing and sometimes exclusive convictions may be the well-spring for the efficacy and achievements of these eminent practitioners and trainers' - Self & Society

`An interesting review of how contemporary therapists view their theories in relation to others... interesting and thought-provoking... all [chapters] were compelling' - Contemporary Psychology

`Contains some interesting arguments' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`A worthwhile read... the book awakened me to understanding more about how a core belief or orientation can result in polarised attitudes towards the person. At the same time, in some cases, there is fundamental common ground which could potentially lead to genuine integration' - [ac]Eisteach, The Journal of the Irish Association for Counselling and Therapy

Irreconcilable Psychotherapies? - Colin FelthamThe Person-Centered Approach - Jerold D BozarthIntegrative Psychotherapy, Integrating Psychotherapies, or Psychotherapy after `Schoolism' - Petruska ClarksonRational Emotive Behavior Therapy - Albert EllisExistential Psychotherapy - John M HeatonThe Communicative Approach - Robert LangsExperiential Psychotherapy - Alvin Mahrer An Unabashedly Biased Comparison with Some Other PsychotherapiesMultimodal Therapy - Stephen PalmerTranspersonal Psychotherapy - John Rowan

ISBN: 9780803974791
ISBN-10: 0803974795
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.31