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States and Processes for Mental Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323850490, 9780323900140

States and Processes for Mental Health

1st Edition

Advancing Psychotherapy Effectiveness

Author: Brad Bowins
Paperback ISBN: 9780323850490
eBook ISBN: 9780323900140
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th March 2021
Page Count: 282
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States and Processes for Mental Health: Advancing Psychotherapy Effectiveness presents a novel mechanism of action for psychotherapy, revealing how psychotherapy actually works by advancing key states and processes characterizing mental health. This new understanding is presented in three sections. The first section identifies 7 states and processes for mental health. The second section examines 15 major forms of psychotherapy and non-specific factors with a comprehensive overview of each, followed by an empirical and theoretical proof of concept showing how they do indeed enhance the states and processes for mental health. In the third section, the author explores conceptual and practical problems in the current approach to psychotherapy, whereby discrete forms of psychotherapy are oriented to remedying psychopathology. Dr. Bowins then offers a new trans-therapy approach applying general strategies and those derived from existing forms of psychotherapy, to advance each of the states and processes characterizing mental health.

Key Features

  • Identifies states and processes for mental health-activity, psychological defense mechanisms, social connectedness, regulation, human specific cognition, self-acceptance, and adaptability
  • Reveals how current forms of psychotherapy and non-specific factors actually advance the states and processes characterizing mental health
  • Demonstrates problems with the current system of psychotherapy
  • Provides a novel unified approach to psychotherapy


Psychotherapists, Psychotherapy researchers, advance students studying psychotherapy, Psychiatrist, behavioral specialist

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Activity
3. Psychological Defense Mechanisms
4. Social Connectedness
5. Regulation
6. Human Specific Cognition
7. Self-Acceptance
8. Adaptability
9. Conclusion

10. Introduction
11. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
12. Behavioral Therapy
13. Cognitive Therapy
14. Compassion-Focused Therapy
15. Emotion-Focused Therapy
16. Existential Psychotherapy
17. Gestalt Therapy
18. Interpersonal Psychotherapy
19. Mindfulness-Based Therapy
20. Narrative Therapy
21. Person-Centered Therapy
22. Positive Psychotherapy
23. Problem-Solving Therapy
24. Psychoanalytic Therapy
25. Rational-Emotive Therapy
26. Non-Specific Factors
27. Conclusion

28. Problems with the Discrete Approach
29. Moving Forward


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About the Author

Brad Bowins

Brad Bowins

Dr. Bowins is a psychiatrist, researcher, and founder of The Centre For Theoretical Research In Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology ( His research and writings challenge the status quo, fostering paradigm shifts so crucial to the advancement of science and knowledge. Several theoretical perspectives, presented in peer-reviewed papers and Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, And Defense (Routledge, 2016), have advanced the way that key aspects of mental illness are understood including psychological defense mechanisms, psychosis and schizophrenia, hypomania, continuums, regulation, personality disorders, repetitive maladaptive behavior, and dissociation. In addition, other peer-reviewed papers and books provide unique perspective on topics such as motion sickness, the nature of the conscious and unconscious mind, sexual orientation, and men’s health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Psychiatrist, Researcher, and Founder, The Centre For Theoretical Research in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Toronto, Canada

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