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Saving Talk Therapy: How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science Are Ruining Good Mental Health Care

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A hard-hitting critique of how managed care and the selective use of science to privilege quick-fix therapies have undermined in-depth psychotherapy--to the detriment of patients and practitioners

In recent decades there has been a decline in the quality and availability of psychotherapy in America that has gone largely unnoticed--even though rates of anxiety, depression, a
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Hardcover, 264 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Beacon Press
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Lane
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book highlights the rise and fall of traditional talk therapy. The first two chapters go over the beginnings of psychotherapy, starting with Sigmund Freud and moving through the various therapists after him and their contributions to the field. These chapters, I thought, were very interesting, as they show how dynamic the field is and how many changes were made throughout its history, steadily getting more effective in its methods.

The next two chapters, three and four, go over the rise of
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AJ
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Saving Talk Therapy attempts to go a step further than books like The Emperor's New Drugs and Comfortably Numb in arguing that not only is the over-reliance on psychiatric meds a harm to the psychiatry and psychology fields, but also in that new empirical-driven techniques such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) are also furthering the erosion of benefits of traditional talk therapy.

I liked the background given
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Chrissy Bell
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Saving Talk Therapy advocates what Freud established as psychotherapy. The author is a fan of Freud which anyone in the psychology profession might be. But he fails to mention the disservice Freud my have done to psychologically healthy women who were experiencing physical symptoms of hysteria.
In my opinion as a patient, talk therapy is a very legitimate treatment method. However I have participated in both talk therapy and evidence based practices and I have benefited from both. Discounting an
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Patrick
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I first heard gnaulati on npr's "On Point." I felt that his defense of traditional insight – oriented psychotherapy was spot on. I also thought that his critique of the state of affairs in cognitive behavioral therapy was spot on. In this text, he continues this argument against vapid and quite limited psychotherapy practices.

As a private practitioner who struggles to keep his doors open given the practices outlined in this book, the author does highlight holes and misinformed practices that are
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✭Sunshine✭
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was a very interesting look at mental health care.
Kimberly Simpson
Fascinating talk on the current mental health system and how we got here.
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Interesting look at our mental health care system.
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