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Psychoanalyst-in-training Dr. Jonas Speller still has a lot to learn when he meets college student Victoria Schone, whose troubled relationship with her parents has her teetering on the verge of suicide. As Jonas struggles to make sense of his feelings for Victoria, he helps her become her own person and stand up to her overpowering mother, while she challenges the budding ...more
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Published June 16th 2015 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Kris
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that I decided I needed to let a few weeks go by before I sit down to write the review. I thought time would help me clarify my thoughts and feelings about this book. I don't feel I am any closer to grasping a definitive answer but maybe by the end of the review, it will make more sense.

The story is told in two separate time periods. Dr. Jonas Speller is a psychotherapist. In the earlier period of the story, he is finishing up his training, undergoing psychotherapy him
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Karen
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Intensive Therapy by Jeffrey Deitz has a compelling story line and kept me interested from start to finish though with some deep reservations. As a therapist, I enjoyed reading about a particular place and time when psychotherapy went through a sea change and the distant patient-therapist relationship became less rigid, distant and codified by theories that were probably more hurtful then helpful. Although I do believe that certain clients call up a deeper response in ourselves as therapists tha ...more
Lori
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Intensive Therapy is a good read. The characters are genuine and compelling. You care about them from the first page of the book. The story is complex and interesting and reflects how messy life can be, for all of us. And not only is this a great book to read it inspired me to think about myself and my interactions with family and friends, to look inside and ponder. I was sad for this book to end and happy knowing I am better for having read it. Jeffrey Deitz has crafted a fine novel that you wi ...more
Susan
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
The author harassed me because I received this book from NetGalley as an ARC and did not post a review, which I am under no obligation to do.

So here goes: this book is ludicrous, badly written, and based on a ridiculous premise.
Becca
Oct 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Just poor writing. Couldn't stomach it.
Joanne
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well written book. Makes one wish they knew more about psychiatry. Was sad in some ways but the story was believable. I could see situations such as the book keyed in on as important. Am glad that so far I have not been in the situation they were in. Almost seemed as if a sequel would come from tis book. Thanks for the reading.
Michael
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-e-books
Once in awhile I step out of my preferred genre and read something completely different. The problem though is that most popular fiction makes me feel as if I just got slapped in the face with a wet carp. Most popular fiction has the same formula so it's hard to really judge it fairly. This book didn't make me feel like that.

Jeffery DIez has written an interesting novel that has builds up the story well. We meet Jonas and Victoria twenty years ago as she's entering therapy and then meet up aga
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Wendy Janes
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Analyst, Jonas Speller and his patient, Victoria Scheine-Bloch first meet in the early 1980s, when he helps her through a difficult time in her life. Thirty years later a crisis brings the two into contact again.

There are so many things I love about this book. There’s the detail of the analytic process for both analyst and patient and how that process impacts on each of their lives, helping them get past blocks in order to become the adults they deserve to be. Then there’s the back and forth of
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Tony Parsons
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Timeline 1980-2004.
Dr. Jonas Speller (Psychoanalyst, Professor, Clinical Psychology, Neurology, Mount Sinai), was seeing Victoria Schone-Braun. She was having issues with her parents.
Later in life Victoria seeks Dr. Speller help with troubles in her marriage Gregory Braun (husband) & daughter Melinda Braun.
There is a problem he also is also struggling with family issues.

How will Dr. Jonas Speller life turn out?
How will Victoria Schone-Braun life turn out?
How many times as a crisis or school MSW
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Danielle Urban
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intensive Therapy by Jeffrey Deitz is stunning. It has opened up my eyes to a whole new topic such as psychotherapy. This was an area completely foreign to me and was interesting to read about in a fictional sense. The relationship between the doctor and client blurred over the normal lines of professionalism. Something deeper and crazier happened between the doctor and client. Here, inside this novel, readers will get a taste of what happens when two people allow themselves to get more involved ...more
Barbara Rohde
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A young psychiatrist, Jonas, treats Victoria when she is in college. They make an impression on each other. Twenty years pass as each of them gets on with their lives and start families of their own. Worried by her teenage daughter's withdrawal, Victoria seeks professional help from Jonas again. This is a powerful story of two people's lives, how they intersect, and the consequences of just one moment in time. It's told well and is heart-stopping at its climax. It is easy for the reader to ident ...more
Cat
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very easy to read novel covering topics of mental disorders, dysfunctional families and the friends we need in our lives to keep us sane. Slipping back and forth in time, a mother’s bi-polarism visits itself on her daughter. But even when you know what the problem is, doesn’t mean you know how to deal. Where most families would close ranks and start to throw blame, Victoria is fortunate enough to understand there is a difference between antisocial behavior and lost souls screaming for help. It s ...more
Sara
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars This book is better than average and admirable for a first novel. In trying to figure out why I didn't give it a higher rating, I can think of two things. The first is character development. I had a hard time getting to know Victoria at first; I wanted more of a physical description so I could get a clear mental image of her. This was a different approach- getting into the psyche of characters so quickly before we get to know all of their superficial characteristics. I felt I had bette ...more
Matty
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review of Intensive Therapy by Jeffrey Deitz MD
I very much enjoyed reading this novel and seeing how the relationship unfolds between Jonas, the psychiatrist and Victoria, the patient in therapy. The fact that it was written by a psychiatrist made it even more real for me since I never questioned the authenticity of the novel. When Victoria has a problem with her own daughter, the reader is gripped once again. At times, I thought of the show, In Treatment, particularly how a therapist in this co
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Bob Newport
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, If only it was all so clear in real life. Dr. Dietz has written a medically and psychologically accurate compelling story. His craftsmanship is excellent. His knowledge and insights are deep. I wonder if someone other than a medical professional can read it with as much pleasure as I.

Four stars as I think that this might not be the case. As in the Martian it is occasionally technically overwhelming.
Daryl
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a doctor or analyst so it was interesting to learn about both neurosurgery and psychoanalysis. I never thought about the interaction between doctor and patient before I read this book.

I especially was gripped from the middle on once an accident occurs, and the family is challenged both physically and psychologically.

I miss the characters now that I finished the book. I hope Deitz continues the story.
Sandy Harris
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Receiving a copy of Jeffrey Deitz's INTENSIVE THERAPY via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, I found the novel to be a fascinating fictional portrayal of a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst and his patient. Spanning twenty years and crisis after crisis, the novel shares insights into both the patient and the therapist and their shared bond. I heartily recommend this character driven novel...
Julie Witte
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book through GoodReads First Reads. 4 stars! Very interesting. Imagine a therapist living in denial. Very sharp, the author delves deep into the thoughts and feelings of the characters.
Brenda Kositch
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Intensive Therapy was a wonderfully written book..I enjoyed reading every page . It made me feel as if I the reader was actually there..The story itself kept me reading I never wanted to put it down . Hope the writer writes another book cause I'll be the first to buy it !!!
Betsy Myers
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This story was immediately engaging and easy to follow. I was a little bit disappointed that some of the "issues" in the story were "fixed" so quickly, but the storyline and characters were still good. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Susan Walker
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This book takes place over 20 years between a woman and a Psychiatrist. THe Dr. is in training when he meets her and she contacts him again when her marriage and teenager are in trouble. Good story of the relationship between the two characters.
Mary Ellen Flaherty-Ludwig
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Intensive Therapy is a page turner. The characters are so flawed and so lovable. The story kept me up at night.
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