Book Name: Introducing Psychotherapy: A Graphic Guide 4th Edition
Author: Nigel Benson, Borin Van Loon
Publisher: Icon Books; Fourth edition
File size: 60 MB
File format: PDF,EPUB
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This publication gives a valuable review of the principal remedies: the”talking treatments” of psychoanalysis, cognitive and behavioral methods, somatic options, humanist gestalt and existential approaches, and group and individual therapies.I discovered this to be quite a succinct and sour introduction into psychotherapy. I enjoyed the lightness and readability; the most helpful compartmentalization of the several kinds of psychotherapy and, particularly, the “picture” easy-to-understand examples of each kind. For that is just what it is. It spreads out over a vast landscape of period (from Empedocles into the Existentialists and outside ) — and also a huge jungle of methods (at 60) the confusion which stays contemporary psychotherapy.Among many different methods of critiquing the reasons why so much confusion reigns from the area, one is guaranteed to come off with two glaring impressions: (1) that for some unexplainable reason, this isn’t a scientific venture being conducted by adults; and (two ) that society and culture are just two of their most glaring factors missing in the diagnostic setting. In terms of the very first concern, were psychotherapy under minimal adult supervision, it might appear obvious at this stage because of its erratic evolutionary growth that as the DSM defines and catalogs emotional symptoms, so should patient’s diagnostic evaluations be examined and catalogued on the basis of that”package of treatments” (nearly never one treatment as is the situation now ) represent a ideal match. That’s to say, which category of remedies are the more efficacious in alleviating a specific individual’s symptoms? And although it’s a fact that both the catalog as well as the diagnosing of symptoms are much more art than science, the effort to match”classes of treatments” using dialogistic findings for any particular individual, are the initial step towards bringing a sense of coherency to employing psychotherapeutic methods more efficaciously to individual’s problems.As it stands now, patients have available to them just”single approach therapists,” when obviously even the most populous psychological difficulty requires multiple and overlapping methods if there’s to be no chance at finding a remedy. In the present environment, the therapists is a hammer seeking a nail: the individual, any individual. All patients are made to look precisely like the nail that a therapist is trained to push. The outcome is that psychotherapy has come to be a Procrustean Bed where the individual’s legs are thrown off over the knees so as to create his symptoms match the therapists’ abilities. This glaringly ill-defined procedure is an embarrassingly untenable area where a livelihood of adults must find itself.But the next review is much more catastrophic: How do an entire livelihood dismiss possibly the most evident, the very important, and among the strongest factors in determining the mental wellbeing of its patients: the essence of the civilization the individual resides in? The response to both critiques seems to be the psychoanalysis is a sport that societies play themselves as well as the psychotherapist is no more than a social tool which aides and abets this match? But if cultural factors were taken into consideration from the therapeutic setting (as a factor on each side of the diagnostic ledger), necessarily it may be reasoned that the health of the society is equally as important to the wellbeing of a patient as another factor? And so it might well be reasoned that the society might be greatly implicated in the emotional ailments of its own citizens? [What a novel thought?] This might mean at the minimum, which the society may really have to be at the watch’ pier, or even better, putting of the psychoanalyst’s couch along side the individual.