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Talking About Therapy. (Book Reviews).

COMAROW, Donna D., & CHESCHEIR, Martha W. Talking About Therapy. Westport. CT: Bergin & Garvey. 1999. 240pp. $26.95 (h).

Filled with enlightening first-person accounts. Talking About Therapy tells the reader why patients sought therapy, what they think of the therapists to whom they entrusted their well-being, and whether the treatment was worth the struggle. the emotional pain, and the money. Through stories that are touching. sometimes shocking. and always candid, the reader will learn how patients responded to a wide range of treatment, including Freudian and neo-Freudian psychoanalysis. Jungian analytic psychology. group psychotherapy. Reichian therapy, and newer 'alternative" approaches. Whether portraying their therapeutic experience as a scam" or a liberation," or something in-between, the feelings shared by these forthright individuals will be fascinating to patients. potential patients. their families, and mental health professionals. Talking About Therapy will also help therapists and their clients see beyond the individual context of treatment. The authors have organized their work by the decade in which each intervi ew subject entered treatment (1940s to the present day), and this narrative framework reveals much about the evolution of the mental health field in the last half century. From the heyday of Freudian psychoanalysis. through the tumult of the Vietnam War, feminism and gay activism, to our current era of street drugs. and the prevalence of anti-depressants, the impact of therapy on the lives of the individuals in this book is conveyed directly and dramatically, with unflinching honesty.
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