Psychotherapy
Becoming Myself
A Psychiatrist's Memoir
By Irvin D. Yalom
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 22nd 2018.
Becoming Myself by Irvin D. YalomIn this memoir, famed existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom sets out his past and his intellectual history. He starts with his home life living in Washington DC, where his immigrant parents ran a supermarket. While they maintained a traditional Jewish life, Yalom was always resistant to religious thought and often explains his antipathy towards religion. But his parents were always very supportive of his education, and he excelled as a student. He went on to become a psychiatrist and he specialized in group psychotherapy. He writes both about his professional life, his marriage to scholar Ma
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Learning ACT
An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills Training Manual for Therapists
By Jason B. Luoma,Steven C. Hayes and Robyn D. Walser
Review by Roy Sugarman, Ph.D. on Tue, May 22nd 2018.
ACT, pronounced ACT and not A-C-T, is a new form of therapy that these authors have had a meaningful relationship with, in terms of bringing it to the world. This book however is not a starter kit, but rather for those who already have a reasonable understanding of how act works. The primary view of ACT community is that bad things come and go, apart from the meanings we attach to them, and how our values play into this.  In short psychological inflexibility has as its consequence that we struggle with challenges, and the hexagon motif here has each point in correspondence with the proces
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Learning ACT by Jason B. Luoma,Steven C. Hayes and Robyn D. Walser

Existential Psychotherapy
A Genetic-Phenomenological Approach
By Daniel Sousa
Review by Kate Mehuron on Tue, May 15th 2018.
Existential Psychotherapy by Daniel SousaDaniel Sousa's Existential Psychotherapy: A Genetic-Phenomenological Approach seeks to legitimize two lesser-known psychotherapeutic approaches. First, Sousa intends to establish the therapeutic legitimacy of existential psychotherapy within the big tent of psychotherapies in general. Second, he defends the value of static and genetic phenomenology, drawn from Husserl's phenomenology of time consciousness, to the existential psychotherapeutic enterprise.           Chapter one provides a review and synthesis of the major meta-analyses of empirical
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Psychotherapy East and West
By Alan Watts
Review by Gabrielle Sinnott on Tue, Apr 10th 2018.
Psychotherapy East & West by Philosopher Alan Watts was first introduced to us in 1961 and has been recently reissued by New World Library. In this seminal book, Watts provides an extensive analysis on the Western practice of psychotherapy and Eastern philosophies of Buddhism, Vedanta, Yoga and Taoism in regards to liberation and the results of social institutions on the self. Watts begins in Psychotherapy and Liberation by outright stating the similarities between psychotherapy and eastern philosophies: "Psychotherapy and ways of liberation have two things in common: first, the transform
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Psychotherapy East and West by Alan Watts

Mindfulness
Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Practice
By Katie Witkiewitz,‎ Corey R. Roos,‎ Dana Dharmakaya Colgan,‎ and Sarah Bowen
Review by Alexandra Varga on Tue, Jan 9th 2018.
Mindfulness by Katie Witkiewitz,‎ Corey R. Roos,‎ Dana Dharmakaya Colgan,‎ and Sarah Bowen Mindfulness, by K. Witkiewitz, C.R. Ross, D.H. Colgan and S. Bowen, introduces the occidental public to the "theories, understandings, and practices" of an ancient concept from the Buddhist tradition. Mindfulness has recently become widely popular because of its use in a variety of psychological interventions, with significant positive results. The book is very well structured and has helpful side notes, which summarize the text (e.g., "Curiosity and acceptance are core skills in mindfulness training"). It is didactical, handbook-like and clearly written, and hence accessible to a broad audi
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Outsider Art and Art Therapy
Shared Histories, Current Issues, and Future Identities
By Rachel Cohen
Review by Mark Welch on Tue, Nov 28th 2017.
What is (Outsider) Art, and what is Art Therapy, and where, if at all, do they intersect, overlap, coexist, sit in opposition or relate to each other? These are some of the questions that Cohen, an Art Therapist herself, looks to explore in this slim, but welcome volume. She suggests that they have shared histories, common problems of definition, and perhaps a mutually reflexive future, and in this she sees deeper currents of social construction and identity issues. Outsider Art, a term that first emerged in 1972 in direct reference to what Dubuffet called art brut, has usually been taken to
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Outsider Art and Art Therapy by Rachel Cohen

How and Why Are Some Therapists Better Than Others?
Understanding Therapist Effects
By Louis G. Castonguay and Clara E. Hill (Editors)
Review by Maura Pilotti, PhD on Tue, Nov 14th 2017.
How and Why Are Some Therapists Better Than Others? by Louis G. Castonguay and Clara E. Hill (Editors)In essence, How and why are some therapists better than others? Understanding therapist effects, a book edited by Louis G. Castonguay and Clara E. Hill, is a review of how little scholars and practitioners know about the contribution made by therapists to the effectiveness of psychological interventions. The term therapist effects has been specifically coined to label the impact of clinicians' individual characteristics, competencies, and actions on client outcomes, which can be statistically separated from the impact of type of treatment and clients' symptomatology (encompassing needs and sev
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How People Change
Relationships and Neuroplasticity in Psychotherapy
By Marion Solomon and Daniel J. Siegel (Editors)
Review by Roy Sugarman, PhD on Tue, Oct 10th 2017.
When I was trained, the topic of change, and thus growth, was entrenching itself in psychology, largely at the hands of Watzlawick and others of similar ilk. Little was known about the neuroscience of it all, let alone neuroplasticity, as in the 60's-70's the doctrine was that the brain did not repair, or change much at the neuronal level, apart from loss and decline with ageing. Ideas of resilience were not much weighted, and concepts of resistance as a form of cooperation, in the Paul Dell sense, were only just coming to the fore. As Freudian and Winnicott and Melanie Klein and Kohut and H
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How People Change by Marion Solomon and Daniel J. Siegel (Editors)

 
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