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.