Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis

Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis

Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis

Systematic and balanced, this comprehensive text uses a wealth of clinical case illustrations to help readers understand a wide variety of psychotherapies including psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, existential, person-centered, experiential, interpersonal, exposure, behavioral, cognitive, systemic, multicultural, and integrative. The Seventh Edition thoroughly analyzes 15 leading systems of psychotherapy and briefly surveys another 30, thus providing a broader scope than is available in most textbooks. Prochaska and Norcross explore each system’s theory of personality, theory of psychopathology, and resulting therapeutic process and relationship. By doing so, they demonstrate how much psychotherapy systems agree on the processes producing change, while showing how they disagree on the content that needs to be changed. To bring these similarities and differences to life, the authors also present the limitations, practicalities, and outcome research of each system of psychotherapy.

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  1. Sandor Freud said,

    Wrote on August 13, 2012 @ 6:23 am

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    A major step toward integration of the psychotherapies, August 5, 1999
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    In this, their 4th edition, Prochaska and Norcross have begun to achieve their goal–to make the cross-theoretical themes stronger than the language-bound and often confusing differences among psychotherapy theorists. As they clearly demonstrate, the similar themes among theories of talk therapy are strong and the differences among the leading theories are often subtle.

    My graduate students, though, seem to still need some help at times sorting out the authors’ voices from those of the original theorists. I hope to see future editions in which the readers’ confusions are anticipated better and there is a better “safety net” to hang onto when the illusion of theoretical certainty is withdrawn.

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  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on August 13, 2012 @ 6:46 am

    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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    Standard yet different, April 9, 2004
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    The authors adequately aquaint the reader with a broad overview of the main theories of psychotherapy and use a language that is accessible to the advanced reader. They also provide personal examples from thier clinical experience that give life to the theories. Brief biographies of the originators of each school of therapy are provided at the beginning of each section which adds an additional personal touch to the theories. Although not extensive, the authors attempt to give the reader empirical data that demonstrates each theory’s effectiveness in treating specific disorders. Overall, this is a compact yet comprehensive book that does what a book of its kind sets out to do: find a balance between breadth and depth.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on August 13, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth getting, April 23, 2012
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    This review is from: Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis (Hardcover)

    If you’re a student of psychology, have interest in psychotherapy, or plan on being a psychotherapist, this book is worth getting. It gives you a great background in all the different psychotherapy systems and breaks each one down into the essential components, what they all have in common, and their unique qualities.

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