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Basics of Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide to Improving Clinical Success

Basics of Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide to Improving Clinical Success

Today’s psychotherapists come from many disciplines, but they are united by a common goal: to deliver effective therapy that achieves a successful result. This practical and engaging examination of the fundamentals of clinical practice fills the need for an up-to-date resource on the essential elements of psychotherapy.Beginning therapists and experienced clinicians alike will find in this book practical, straightforward advice based on the core principles that underlie all psychotherapies. Clearly written in an appealing, down-to-earth style, the text reads easily and uses an abundance of clinical examples, frequent tables and illustrations to examine the fundamental concepts and to identify the basic skills on which all therapies rely.

Basics of Psychotherapy will give new therapists the information they need to develop effective skills. More experienced clinicians will find many tips and ideas that will help them become more proficient. The improved efficiency that results from the application of these essential concepts will lead to more effective therapy and better patient outcomes.

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Indispensable For Therapists

"The therapist will learn how good diagnoses and clear formulations lead to effective treatment planning, communication and delivery of therapeutic interventions with patients."

Diane Sholomskas, PhD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and codirector of the Center for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Phobias

“I would recommend this book strongly to psychotherapy supervisors and lecturers, as well as clinical trainees in the various mental health fields.”


Howard B. Roback, Ph.D.
“Treatment Planning for Psychotherapists is an important addition to our field. Its outcome-based four-level treatment plan of aim, goals, strategies, and tactics is richly illustrated by many clinical vignettes. It not only helps us plan an effective psychotherapy but also enables us to monitor the therapy and better contend with the inevitable stalemates and impasses of therapy."
Lawrence E. Lifson, M.D.