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Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction

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Psychotherapy and counselling are now widely available to help people overcome emotional and psychological difficulties in their lives. They involve spending time with a professional in an emotionally safe and structured relationship to explore and express the issues that cause distress and difficulty, such as long term self-doubts, relationship problems, or the impact of ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 25th 2014)
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Patrick Cook
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Very Short Introduction series is a marvel. Short enough to be read easily in an afternoon and written in breezy vernacular language, they still manage to maintain a good amount of academic rigour. I knew the quality of the entries in my own discipline was very high (all students should be encouraged to read them whilst in school or before starting university). This was my first attempt to use one to learn about something of which I had almost no prior knowledge. The authors of this volume d ...more
Bernie Gourley
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The word “psychotherapy” conjures images of a patient on a burgundy recamier-style couch, a psychoanalyst in a matching stuffed armchair, neither one looking at the other as the analyst uses terse questions and monosyllabic acknowledgements to coax out the patient’s problems through interrogation about his or her childhood. While that approach, Freudian psychoanalysis, stubbornly maintains a following, there have blossomed many other varieties of therapy using talk as a tool to ease maladies of ...more
Julian Meynell
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology, reviewed
This covers the material well. It is a very short introduction to the field as the title of the series indicates. Muh of the material in this work I already knew. The book functions well as an overview of the field. It would be particular useful for anyone contemplating psychotherapy or for anyone with a slight interest but who does not want to explore the matter further. However, I did not really see any great insight or perspective into the field. It is a competent short introduction but not m ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid and broad overview of the various approaches to psychotherapy. The only thing that would improve this work is including references or at least notes in some situations.
For example a lot of times the author would say that this theory believes this or that person thinks that without any bread crumbs to why this is believed.

Freud thought psychotherapy would not be needed due to advances in medicine? Where did he say that?

It really was unbiased and broad which is a great tool for aspiring
Sarah Green
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Its an okay book, a good introduction for people who are new to the subject or a refresher for thos who are a little for experienced. However some parts were a little boring and at times i felt i didnt want to read on. Despite it being slow in places, its a great book to get you used to the basics of the topic.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Precisely what one expects from a VSI volume.
Tiago Faleiro
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology, owned
Awesome book. Must read for any novice interested in psychotherapy, no matter the sub discipline. Gives a great breakdown starting with psychoanalysis, and going to time-limited therapies, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, and counseling. Also exploring some interactive therapies like using music or drama. An unbiased look how to best approach and deal with psychological suffering, using any tool that might be beneficial. Fantastic work from the authors for such a brilliant and efficient bo ...more
Heather Connolly
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A good basic introduction to some ideas around psychotherapy, how it has developed over time and different approaches which are used in the present day.
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