The best health practices are a synthesis of science and art. Surgery is a case in point. Although all competent surgeons follow scientific protocols, the best surgeons are masters of the art of surgery and produce better outcomes: e.g., smaller incisions; lower mortality rates. Psychotherapists are in exactly the same position. Psychotherapy is both a science and an art. There are excellent resources that convey information about empirically supported practices — the science of psychotherapy. However, this scientific information is incomplete in two important ways. It does not cover key matters that come up in psychotherapy (e.g., building a therapeutic relationship, resistance, termination), and it often does not fully cover the "art" of implementing these techniques, the nuances, the creative ways, the problem solving strategies when difficulties arise. This book is an attempt to have high profile, expert, "master" therapists discuss the art of handling these key issues.


This book will be useful both as a basic text for all mental health professions and useful to practitioners as this book covers the key difficulties that practicing clinicians face every day in their practices.

Table of Contents

1. The Art and Science of Psychotherapy William O'Donohue, Nicholas Cummings, Janet Cummings 2. Enhancing Client Motivation to Change Paula L. Wilbourne, Eric R. Levensky 3. The Therapeutic Alliance: Cultivating and Negotiating the Therapeutic Relationship Jeremy D. Safran, J. Christopher Muran, Michael Rothman 4. Narrative Psychotherapy as Effective Story-Making: An Introduction Lois Parker 5. Recognizing and Dealing with Cultural Influences in Psychotherapy Melanie P. Duckworth, Tony Iezzi 6. Effective Understanding and Dealing with Manipulation Michael G. Wetter, Jack Wetter 7. Recognizing and Dealing with Transference George Stricker 8. The Temporal Structure of Therapy: Key Questions often Associated with Different Phases of Sessions and Treatments (Plus Twenty-one Helpful Hints) Michael F. Hoyt 9. Resistance as an Ally in Psychotherapy Nicholas A. Cummings 10. Enhancing Psychotherapy through Appropriate Entry Points Nicholas A. Cummings, Janet L. Cummings 11. Dealing with Feelings of Depression Alvin R. Mahrer 12. Designing and Assigning Effective Homework Richard Kamins 13. Skills Training: How the Master Clinician Understands and Teaches Competencies William O'Donohue 14. Using Tasks in Ericksonian Psychotherapy Jeffrey K. Zeig 15. Using Acceptance in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy Christopher R. Matell, David Atkins 16. Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Goes to Hollywood: The Treatment of Performance Anxiety in Cinema L


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