The process of choosing a counselor or psychotherapist can be a daunting task due to the massive amount of information that exists and the use of psychological terms that can be confusing. Choosing a Psychotherapist: A Guide to Navigating the Mental Health Maze simplifies this process and equips you with the information necessary to select a therapist that will best meet your needs. Topics including training, credentialing, therapeutic approach and subspecialty areas are clearly addressed to make your choice easy and less time-consuming. Forms are provided for you to use while interviewing prospective psychotherapists, as well as brief questionnaires that will assist you in finding the best match. Choosing a Psychotherapist: A Guide to Navigating the Mental Health Maze will enable you to make informed decisions when beginning your journey to improved psychological health and well-being.
The demand for psychotherapy and counselling is greater than ever. More and more people are enrolling on psychotherapy and counselling courses; the number of different associations in this industry has doubled and everyone knows someone who is in therapy or at least thinking about it. So are standards of practice being sacrificed while we are trying to keep up with the demand? Are the right people training to be a psychotherapists? Have you got the right psychotherapist?' This little book is written for patients. It is a challenge to action. Do not be satisfied with a malingering treatment. Gird your loins and challenge your psychotherapist and be prepared to go to a new one. It is worth the trouble to find the right person. Psychotherapy is a long and expensive process so ensure that youy make it effective. It is your responsibility to find the right person. This book is a guide to help you in that search.'- From the Introduction.
There are a bewildering number of counselling and psychotherapy courses on offer: yet often trainees are not fully aware of the implications of their choice of course for their time, finances and future career until they have already begun training. Choosing a Counselling or Psychotherapy Training takes the reader through all the stages of the therapeutic training path, looking at everything from starting a course to employment prospects. Informative and realistic, the book includes: * Theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy * Preparation for starting a course: costs and course content *Qualifications, registration, accreditation and research *Careers in therapy Choosing a Counselling or Psychotherapy Training is essential preparatory reading for all those embarking on counselling or psychotherapy courses, as well as for trained counsellors and therapists considering their career development.
Like any decision that we make in life, making the choice to seek therapy involves mastering a large body of knowledge, sifting through the thousands of therapists in the field and finding the right one, understanding different psychological approaches to counseling and what might work best for any one person, learning a variety of skills on how to be in therapy, and exploring one’s most inner self with a complete stranger. Most people are unfortunately stuck navigating this difficult process on their own, leaving a lot of things up to chance. Choosing Therapy acknowledges these difficulties and offers readers the tools they’ll need to choose the right therapist, set their goals for therapy, and understand the benefits and outcomes available to them through the various approaches therapists take. When entering therapy, individuals may not be armed with the information they need in order to make progress and see results. Many stop therapy if they don’t feel they are getting anything out of it; others stop if they feel they are being treated differently by others who know they are in therapy. In Choosing Therapy, Ilyana Romanovsky clearly defines various psychological approaches therapists take, the different types of therapies available including long terms versus short term and group versus individual therapy, and ways of overcoming stigma associated with being in counseling. She discusses various psychotherapeutic medications and other questions patients might have about the ways they might address the issues they experience. Helping readers to define goals, understand treatment options, and prepare to do the work of therapy, Romanovsky offers a clear roadmap to those new to treatment, to those returning to treatment, and to those helping others to seek treatment.
This volume provides a critical and reflexive view into the counselling profession in India. Counselling and psychotherapy are emergent fields in India; there is inadequate synergy between theory and practice at present, as psychotherapy and counselling practice in the field have not sufficiently informed research, and vice versa. While research on counselling, the counselling process and training, and development of counsellors is extremely vital for the growth of the profession, practitioners seldom feel the need to wear the lens of the researcher. Drawing upon primary research on counsellors and psychotherapists in different parts of India, this volume bridges this gap and discusses the personal and professional journeys of counsellors at various stages of their career, which in turn facilitates further research on counselling in India. The chapters discuss practical issues like the challenges faced by novice counsellors, which contribute to feelings of inadequacy and incompetence; synergy between the personal and professional lives of counsellors and the effect of the counselling process on the self; elements that go into training and how counselling education could be positioned and developed; the use of creative arts in therapy; and the role of school counsellors and the process of negotiating boundaries among various stakeholders in the school system. The volume also examines ethical dilemmas in the field, which have wider policy ramifications.
This book is an effort to provide sufficient understanding about the most common psychiatric problems to enable the intelligent layperson to successfully overcome them on his or her own. The author is a psychiatrist with over forty years of psychiatric experience. Personality problems as well as anxiety and depression are scrutinized, their underlying dynamics are explained, and extremely useful self-treatment strategies are described in great detail.Dr. Robert Jestrow is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and the author of The Avaricious Personality.
In Dont Bury an Ailing Marriage, veteran psychologist Dr. Don D. Campbell goes beyond surface reasons for most relationship problemssuch as poor communication, financial issues, or sexual dysfunctionto diagnose the underlying causes of marital discord that prevent couples from achieving the happiness and fulfillment they desire and deserve. Several ailments and viruses are identified, but from among them Dr. Campbell identifies the most common and damaging virus of alla fear of closeness. He explains how the Fear of Closeness Virus is the underlying root for most symptoms within ailing marriages as well as how to effectively treat it to sustain emotional and physical intimacy through the years. The abundant information in the book is delivered with a sense of humor and illustrative stories as well as helpful Prescription Padsa series of exercises at the end of each chapter to help the reader apply the doctors advice and take proactive steps for positive change. Resist the temptation to call the mortician (lawyer) and prepare for the funeral (divorce). For virtually any marriage, regardless of its current state, put the shovel awayits not too late to resuscitate!
Recent studies show that one of the most important factors in a successful psychotherapy is the patient's active participation in the selection of his or her therapist. This book is dedicated to the idea that the best patient is a well-informed patient. It describes the variety of therapies available today, and guides the consumer in making informed decisions, including whether or not therapy is necessary. Other essential issues discussed are the role of medication in therapy, how to judge the competence of a therapist, and how to decide if your therapy is working.
Many resources exist for helping parents find and select a psychotherapist for their child. However, when a child is recommended for therapy, parents are often left with little information beyond the initial referral. Parents who are unfamiliar with the process might be confused on how to proceed, or be wary of therapy stereotypes. You and Your Child's Psychotherapy demystifies the way therapy works, helping parents enter the process as a partner, and giving their child and family the best chance for success. Weiner and Gallo-Silver guide parents through the steps of therapy, emphasizing their vital role and how they can contribute to the success of their child's treatment. With the end goal of creating a partnership between parents and therapists, You and Your Child's Psychotherapy provides a practical and easy-to-follow roadmap to the progression of therapy, helping parents become more involved, and teaching them what to expect. This book is empowering for all parents, guardians, and primary caregivers across the diverse composition of modern families.
Take control of your own wellbeing and expel the negative energies holding you back with this practical guide to holistic healing and self-care In her work as a shamanic psychotherapist, Abby Wynne helps people to release repetitive patterns of stress and create huge space for wellness, happiness, peace and empowerment. In How to Be Well, Abby reveals her best methods for readers to take their wellbeing into their own hands. Through simple explanations and highly practical exercises, you will increase your self-awareness and learn how to work actively with your heart, mind, and soul to create deep transformational change. Doing the exercises and making the changes suggested in the book may lead to a decrease in physical pain, a feeling of being more present in your life, and an increase in your feelings of peace and stability in the world. You will learn how to: * heal your relationships * create stronger boundaries * release stress and anxiety * reach a new level of vibrant health * create a healthier environment * reach your full potential and create a life you love! By working through the healing techniques in this book, you will experience more vibrant health and happiness and have the tools you need to maintain your wellbeing for the rest of your life.
Filling in the gaps from students' lack of experience and confidence, The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion, Second Edition is a supportive and empathetic guide, addressing real-world concerns and providing essential insights not taught in textbooks. With a reassuring and clear writing style, Willer offers practical suggestions and clinical examples to address the professional development and emotional concerns of the beginning psychotherapist. She guides readers through structuring the first session, making clinical observations, and establishing a therapeutic alliance. Through the use of culturally diverse clinical vignettes, Willer discusses the foundations of ethical practice, including informed consent, confidentiality, documentation, and setting boundaries. The reader is guided on how and when to refer clients for medication and other health care. Crisis management principles are detailed, including suicide and violence risk assessment, child abuse, elder abuse, intimate partner violence, and rape. Willer also provides professional advice on contemporary concerns such as social networking, online searches of clients, the psychotherapist's internet presence, and other important emerging challenges. Comprehensive, practical, and thoroughly updated, The Beginning Psychotherapist's Companion, Second Edition is the ideal resource for students and early career psychotherapists.
Psychotherapy and counselling are now widely available to help people overcome emotional and psychological difficulties in their lives. They involve spending time with a professional in an emotionally safe and structured relationship to explore and express the issues that cause distress and difficulty, whether long term self-doubts, relationship problems, or the impact of a trauma or crisis. As a society, we now take this focus on talking through and understanding our identity and relationships for granted, but it is hardly more than a century old. In this Very Short Introduction, Tom Burns and Eva Burns-Lundgren trace the development of psychotherapy from its origins in Freud's psychoanalysis to the range of different approaches - counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, and other time-limited therapies, mindfulness, group and family therapies, and many more. Describing the processes central to them all and highlighting their differences, they demonstrate what problems each therapy are best suited for. They explain the principles behind the most commonly available types of psychotherapies and provide examples of what patients can expect when they seek such help. They conclude by examining the practice of psychotherapy - the types of training psychotherapists have, the safeguards that exist to keep practice reliable, and how one goes about choosing a psychotherapist. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.