A Psychotherapy Primer

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 175. Reviews the book, Conversations in Psychotherapy: Ways of Working with Individuals, Couples, and Families by R. V. Fitzgerald (1992). In this book, Fitzgerald offers the beginning therapist a well-written explication of the type of psychotherapy he practices, namely, “an informed and selective eclecticism, surrounding a solid core of psychoanalytic information”. The beginning graduate student desiring introductory exposure to the psychoanalytic process will undoubtedly want to add this book to his or her library. The volume's conversational reading format and open discussion of sensitive therapeutic process issues will please many beginning therapists. However, it is likely to have limited utility as a classroom text, especially considering the limited review of marital and family therapy material and the lack of empirical scrutiny of the extant literature on psychotherapy outcome. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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