Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy

1st Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Michel Hersen William Sledge
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123430106
eBook ISBN: 9780080547992
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th June 2002
Page Count: 1942


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Psychotherapy is the dialogue between patient and therapist in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral, crisis, and mental disorders. Psychoanalysis as formulated by Sigmund Freud is the first modern form of psychotherapy and this approach has given rise to several score of psychodynamic therapies.

In more recent times behavioral, cognitive, existential, humanistic, and short-term therapies have been put into practice, each with a particular focus and each giving rise to variations in structure and content of treatment as well as therapeutic outcomes. These therapy approaches relate the patient/therapist dialogue to different aspects of the therapeutic process. For instance, behavior therapies focus on the patient's conduct and cognitive therapies treat the client's thought processes.

The Encyclopedia covers the major psychotherapies currently in practice as well as the classical approaches that laid the foundation for the various contemporary treatment approaches. In addition, the Encyclopedia identifies the scientific studies conducted on the efficacy of the therapies and review the theoretical basis of each therapy.


Academic, medical, and public libraries; professional schools, mental health reference libraries; psychiatric institutes, psychological clinics, clincial social work departments, psychoanalytic institutes.

Table of Contents

K.D. Strosahl, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

A. Schweiger and J. Brown, Acute Brain Syndromes: Cognitive Therapy.

P. Stasiewicz and K.E. Smith, Addictions in Special Populations: Treatment.

R. Ostroff, Adjunctive/Conjoint Therapies.

H. Stein and M. Edwards, Adlerian Psychotherapy.

J. Cummings, Alternatives to Psychotherapy.

R.W. Novaco, Anger Control Therapy.

A. Fine, Animal Assisted Therapy.

T.P.S. Oei and G. Dingle, Anxiety Disorders: Brief Intensive Group Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

R. Suinn and J. Deffenbacher, Anxiety Management Training.

L.G. Ost, Applied Relaxation.

L.G. Ost, Applied Tension.

T. Heise, Applied Transcultural Psychotherapy.

M.P. McCabe, Arousal Training.

M.S. Cohen-Liebman, Art Therapy.

E. Gambrill, Assertion Training.

J.J. Plaud, Assisted Covert Sensitization.

A. Medalia, Attention Training Procedures.

P. Emmelkamp and J.H. Kamphuis, Aversion Relief.

J. Luiselli, Avoidance Training.

D. Woods and E.J. Teng, Backward Chaining.

J. Beck, Beck Therapy Approach.

A. Kazdin, Behavior Analysis.

A. Lazarus, Behavior Rehearsal.

J.P. Forsyth and J. Sabsevitz, Behavior Therapy: Historical Perspective and Overview.

D. McKay and W.W. Tryon, Behavior Therapy: Theoretical Bases.

D.C.S. Richard and S. Haynes, Behavioral Assessment.

J. Antick and J. Rosqvist, Behavioral Case Formulation.

M.E. Ehrich and T.R. Kratochwill, Behavioral Consultation


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Michel Hersen

Michel Hersen (Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1966) is Professor and Dean, School of Professional Psychology, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon. He is Past President of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. He has written 4 books, co-authored and co-edited 126 books, including the Handbook of Prescriptive Treatments for Adults and Single Case Experimental Designs. He has also published more than 220 scientific journal articles and is co-editor of several psychological journals, including Behavior Modification, Clinical Psychology Review, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, and Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal. With Alan S. Bellack, he is co-editor of the recently published 11 volume work entitled Comprehensive Clinical Psychology. Dr. Hersen has been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Education, the National Institute of Disabilities and Rehabilitation Research, and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Distinguished Practitioner and Member of the National Academy of Practice in Psychology, and recipient of the Distinguished Career Achievement Award in 1996 from the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians. Dr. Hersen has written and edited numerous articles, chapters and books on clinical assessment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, U.S.A.

William Sledge

Master, Calhoun College at Yale

Affiliations and Expertise

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.


"The Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy is a remarkably ambitious attempt to provide a state-of-the-art edited tome of this quickly evolving and highly complex field... One of the editors, Michel Hersen, has a very long history of publishing quality and highly ambitious edited books that have often become the standard in the field... Hersen and Sledge have assembled a remarkably diverse and talented group of professionals to work with them on this ambitious project... Just about everything in the field of psychotherapy is covered in its pages, and then some... Overall, the encyclopedia is a remarkable achievement. It is a useful and mostly comprehensive resource for both professionals and others... Both professionals and non-professionals should find the book easy to read and educational. Thus, the volumes are an excellent resource for anyone interested in almost any branch or subspecialty of psychotherapy. University libraries, graduate and postgraduate training programs, and even Dr. Phil might be especially interested in having these volumes available to them... The volumes should clearly be in any professional or personal library that values psychotherapy. It is a handy book that would likely be used often by readers. It is sure to be a standard in the field." —CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY

"Psychotherapy, as a vital treatment modality in health care since at least the beginning of the 20th century, has generated as many questions as it has provided answers. Among them are "what is psychotherapy and how does it work?", "which forms or cost effective yet efficacious?", and "what is the theory (ies) behind it and what is its scientific basis?" The Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy strives to answer the aforementioned questions - and more. This two-volume reference work is intended for a multi-faceted audience. As a reference work, the encyclopedia can be used by students and professionals from the fields from counseling and clinical