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Which Psychotherapy?

Which Psychotherapy?
Leading Exponents Explain Their Differences

Edited by:
  • Colin Feltham - Emeritus Professor of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University

June 1997 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Can mainstream therapeutic orientations coexist in harmony? If there is friction between them are they simply minor and unimportant? Is integrationism a reality, a myth, or simply another orientation or group of orientations in the making? Can therapy credibly and effectively continue being the pluralistic field that it is today? This controversial book discusses these and other important questions, arguing that far from becoming unified, 20th century psychotherapy has in fact been fundamentally characterized by serious disagreement on views of human nature, treatment rationales, and goals. Focusing on the differences rather than the commonalties in therapy, eight eminent practitioners in their own fields demonstrate the diversities in therapies and why for the most part it is not possible to tolerate or integrate with other approaches. Each therapist highlights the distinctive properties of his or her orientation and discusses the following questions: + Why and how they came to found, adapt, or choose the approach they currently practice + Which criticisms of the approach they consider to be valid + Which approaches they consider to be ineffective, misleading, or dangerous, and conversely, which approaches seem to be more promising or effective + Why their approach is more effective or comprehensive and why it may be more suited to certain clients or client problems + How they account for research that suggests that no one approach seems more valid than any other Which Psychotherapy? is a challenging and thought-provoking book that opens up a powerful debate. Introducing students and practitioners to a fascinating selection of therapeutic approaches and their leading proponents, the book effectively maps and explains the different bases that underpin the theories and helps to make sense of the range of therapeutic practices. It will be invaluable reading for trainers, their trainees, and all reflective practitioners.

Colin Feltham
Irreconcilable Psychotherapies?
Jerold D Bozarth
The Person-Centered Approach
Petruska Clarkson
Integrative Psychotherapy, Integrating Psychotherapies, or Psychotherapy after `Schoolism'
Albert Ellis
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
John M Heaton
Existential Psychotherapy
Robert Langs
The Communicative Approach
Alvin Mahrer
Experiential Psychotherapy
An Unabashedly Biased Comparison with Some Other Psychotherapies

Stephen Palmer
Multimodal Therapy
John Rowan
Transpersonal Psychotherapy

`Eight distinguished practitioners address twelve different questions, aimed at identifying the distinctive qualities of their own approach and demonstrating how it has been arrived at. The result is a book that will allow both experienced practitioners and trainees to become familiar with and compare the current thinking of these well-known people... the very passion of these opposing and sometimes exclusive convictions may be the well-spring for the efficacy and achievements of these eminent practitioners and trainers' - Self & Society

`An interesting review of how contemporary therapists view their theories in relation to others... interesting and thought-provoking... all [chapters] were compelling' - Contemporary Psychology

`Contains some interesting arguments' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`A worthwhile read... the book awakened me to understanding more about how a core belief or orientation can result in polarised attitudes towards the person. At the same time, in some cases, there is fundamental common ground which could potentially lead to genuine integration' - [ac]Eisteach, The Journal of the Irish Association for Counselling and Therapy