Beyond Technique: Psychotherapy for the 21st Century

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Jason Aronson, 1996 - Psychology - 200 pages
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"We therapists care very much about our profession and work hard at it. However, the overall outcome is often not what we wish. We get some excellent results, but a number of our patients do not make the progress we hope for them." "One reason for these disheartening results is our belief that there is a best method for therapy, the method in which we were trained, which we use for all or nearly all of our patients. We all know that there is no one-size-fits-all psychotherapy, yet we generally continue to act as if there is and that, by a curious coincidence, it is ours. Our myopia ignores the diversity of the people who come to see us, some of whom would respond best to one kind of therapy, some to another." "Another assumption that lowers our success rate stems from psychotherapy's mixed heritage. Because our history comes half from medicine (with its emphasis on curing) and half from the wise men and women of the tribes as well as the spiritual directors of organized religion (with their emphasis on healing), we often confuse the two. Curing, which involves the easing of psychological or physical pain, needs one approach. Healing, which concerns helping one grow in his or her individual way in order that the person may better cope with present and future problems, calls for another." "Using vivid and detailed clinical examples, Beyond Technique shows how to change to get the therapeutic goals you want. Dr. LeShan demonstrates the means to create individual psychotherapy tailored to each patients's needs. With this perspective, LeShan brings psychotherapy into the present, revealing its improved form for the future."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

The Goals and Methods
87
A LargeScale Experiment
159
Models and Metaphors
169
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Lawrence LeShan is a psychologist, educator, and author or co-author of eleven books, including "The Psychology of War"; "The Medium, The Mystic, and The Physicist" (both with Helios Press); and the popular "How to Meditate". He has worked as clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher for more than 50 years, including six years of psychological service in the U.S. Army. He holds a M. S. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago and has taught at Roosevelt University, Pace College, and the New School for Social Research, among other. He has lectured extensively in Europe, the United States, and Israel, and his books have been translated into eleven languages. He lives in New York City.

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