Alternative Psychotherapies

Author: Jean Mercer
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 144223492X
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Alternative Psychotherapies: Evaluating Unconventional Mental Health Treatments addresses concerns about current and newly-emerging mental health treatments that are considered "unconventional." As a parallel to complementary and alternative medical treatments, alternative psychotherapies lack research support, are at odds with established information about human personality and development, and may actually be harmful. Professionals and students in the helping professions may find such treatments confusing and difficult to differentiate from emerging therapies that have not yet established a foundation of evidence; this is especially problematic if clients propose using unconventional therapies they have found on the Internet. Alternative Psychotherapies examines a series of unconventional treatments in terms of the research supporting them, their theoretical and historical backgrounds, and the potential or documented adverse events that may be associated with them. Therapies for both adults and children are included, and topics range from recovered memory therapies to bodywork to treatments for autism and to special education issues. Alternative psychotherapies frequently share certain historical backgrounds, and psychotherapists can use historical insights as well as an understanding of basic research rules and psychological theory to identify unconventional treatments other than the ones discussed. The book concludes with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of greater regulation of alternative therapies, as compared to the current situation in which few mental health interventions are banned or limited by law.

Alternative States Of Consciousness In Shamanism Imaginal Psychotherapies Hypnotherapy And Meditation Including A Shamanism And Meditation Inspired Personal And Professional Training Program For The 21st Century Psychotherapist

Author: Allen Holmquist
Publisher: Universal-Publishers
ISBN: 1581123574
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Shamanism, hypnosis, imaginal psychotherapies, and meditation are based on the use of what we in the modern western world think of as non-ordinary human consciousness. These four modalities have fundamental similarities and differences in purpose, theory, technique, type of alternative consciousness, and their application of non-ordinary reality. Shamanism, the oldest and most intertwined with the cultures in which it is practiced, will be explored as a model for individual healing and transformation and professional training. The shamanic way will also be explored as a model of consciousness and a world-view that offers individuals, groups, and society much needed coping mechanisms, healing techniques, and transformative values that may be helpful in dealing with this trying and important transition time for humanity. Imaginal therapies, meditation and hypnosis all have their roots in shamanism, although in some parts of the world at certain times in history, shamanism borrowed from meditation in its adaptation and development.

Zen And Psychotherapy

Author: Christopher J. Mruk, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826120359
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Introduction To Psychological Theories And Psychotherapy

Author: Andrew Koffmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199398666
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This is an introductory text on psychological theories and psychotherapy that approaches the topic from a multidisciplinary perspective. Written for psychiatry residents, but of notable relevance to other students and practitioners in medical and mental health fields, this book lays out a specific sequence for learning psychotherapy that emphasizes the fundamental importance of acquiring an appropriate foundational knowledge base in addition to learning the specific techniques of psychotherapies. Beyond emphasizing the details of major treatment models as well as the theory and research findings that inform the field of psychotherapy in general, a specific learning sequence is laid out that will guide the reader toward developing beginning competence as a psychotherapist. Psychoanalytic theory and behavior theory are each presented in historical context, with explanations and clear distinctions made among categories of each. These include classical psychoanalytic theory, ego psychology, object relations, the interpersonal school, intersubjective and relational approaches, learning theory (including classical and operant conditioning), cognitive theory, and mindfulness-based approaches.

Handbook Of Complementary And Alternative Therapies In Mental Health

Author: Scott Shannon
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0080533418
Size: 21.59 MB
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Scott Shannon is an MD, president elect of the American Holistic Medical Association, and considered a national expert on holistic psychiatry. In this book he brings together a comprehensive overview of CAM treatments, with information on their effectiveness and safety for specific patient populations and for use in treating specific disorders. Modalities covered include Acupuncture, Nutritional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Meditation, Biofeedback, Aromatherapy and others. Coverage also includes chapters on the best CAM modalities for treatment of Anxiety and PTSD, Depression, ADD, and Addictions. Each chapter will be in a similar template, beginning with a description of the treatment, it's safety, compatibility with conventional treatments and/or contrindications, scientific documentation of it's efficacy, discussion of which disorders it is best used for, and references. Key Features * Most comprehensive overview of rapidly expanding field * Includes chapters by 24 leading psychiatric/psychological experts in these fields * Documents and rates the research base in each area * Offers practical clinical approaches for four common mental health concerns—depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addictions * Areas not yet covered in professional training * Practices commonly employed by the public (40-50% of the American public use complementary or alternative approaches) * No previous book of this nature or scope

Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Author: Patricia Coughlin Della Selva
Publisher: Wiley
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Traditional psychoanalytic thinking dictates that the only way to help most patients achieve significant insight resulting in lasting change is through a rigorous course of lengthy treatment involving anywhere from two to five sessions a week. Needless to say, the prospect of such a monumental therapeutic undertaking is repugnant to health insurers and clearly beyond the means of the majority of patients. As a consequence, the past two decades have witnessed a rise in popularity of several short-term psychotherapeutic approaches. Most well known among these is the intensive short-term dynamic approach first developed by Habib Davanloo in the late 1960s. A proven technique for accelerating and condensing the analytic process while remaining true to basic psychoanalytic principles, Davanloo's method has met with nothing less than miraculous results in case after reported case. Yet, until now, there has not been a clearly written, accessible guide devoted to schooling practitioners in the theory and practice of this revolutionary psychotherapeutic method. Patricia Coughlin Della Selva's Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy shows therapists how to achieve even the most ambitious therapeutic goals, including character change, in as few as 40 sessions. Not a cookbook, but a systematic guide to intervention, it outlines proven techniques for accessing a patient's ego-functioning, dismantling defenses, intensifying a patient's affective involvement in the treatment, identifying the transference patterns as they arise, and "unlocking the unconscious" with a speed and degree of accuracy previously considered impossible. The book opens with a chapter in which the author lays down the theoretical foundations of the method. She supplies a detailed review of the psychoanalytic theory of neurosis, provides operational definitions of dynamic concepts, and defines strategies for observing unconscious processes. The remainder of the book is devoted to clinical practice. Following a format roughly paralleling the psychotherapeutic process, it details the requirements of initial evaluation; describes techniques for working with defenses; explains the role of affect in creating and remediating psychopathology; describes techniques for intensifying affective experience and facilitating its expression; details methods of enhancing and completing the working-through process; and outlines procedures for the successful termination of and follow-up to the course of treatment. A book whose time has come, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy makes accessible to the psychotherapeutic community at large a treatment model that has been described as "the most important development in psychotherapy since the discovery of the unconscious." Of related interest . . . UNLOCKING THE UNCONSCIOUS selected papers of Habib Davanloo These selected papers represent a valuable account of the development over several years of a powerful and innovative technique for overcoming resistance and confronting problems of the unconscious. Davanloo's Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy offers a body of theoretical, metapsychological, and technical knowledge which can be used with extraordinary precision to mobilize unconscious mental processes in order to achieve therapeutic results. The clinical material presented demonstrates how a single interview can provide an opportunity for both the therapist and the patient to view the multifoci core of the patient's neurotic structure, which is responsible for the patient's symptoms and character disturbances. 1995 (0-471-95611-2) 344 pp. UNBEARABLE AFFECT a guide to the psychotherapy of psychosis David A. S. Garfield Unbearable affect is seen as the focal point around which psychosis turns. When emotion becomes unbearable, some psychotic patients suffer from delusions, hallucinations, incoherence, negativism, autism, or emotional paralysis. In this remarkable book, Dr. David Garfield establishes paradigms for the diagnosis and psychotherapeutic treatment of psychotic disorders based on the location, understanding, and reordering of unbearable affect. He provides concrete clinical advice, vivid examples, and crisp, jargon-free descriptions of theoretical concepts and clinical techniques. 1995 (0-471-02536-4) 177 pp.

Body Mind Psychotherapy

Author: Susan M. Aposhyan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393704419
Size: 13.80 MB
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Body-mind psychotherapy (BMP) takes the basic tools of mind-body integration and joins them with an awareness of emotional development.