Frank and sophisticated, yet eminently accessible, this second edition will be an invaluable resource for educators, students, and seasoned practitioners of any therapeutic persuasion.
As a practitioner for almost 40 years, I was delighted to find what felt like an old friend and colleague, someone who sees the world as I do, but with more clarity. Mary Jo Peebles combines rigorous scholarship and her own subjective observations about how to begin psychotherapy in a way that assures the treatment course will follow the optimal path that both patient and therapist seek. She illuminates many of the dark uncertainties that haunt therapists as they approach their new patients, and she provides invaluable advice for even the most experienced therapists.
I heartily recommend this volume to both new students and senior clinicians. Gabbard, M. Peebles seamlessly weaves together theory, research, and clinical wisdom with the unique voice and sensibility of a master clinician and teacher. Replete with vivid clinical examples and hard-earned insights, this book stands in a class of its own.
Readers will find themselves carried along on a panoramic tour of the psychotherapy landscape that is both practical and inspiring. Safran, Ph.
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Peebles marshalls in convincing fashion the ample evidence that good beginnings have two essential components: a positive working alliance characterized by trust, respect, and positive expectations and a clear treatment focus consisting of patient-therapist agreement on the goals of the treatment and the procedures that will be followed in pursuing these goals.
In doing so, she combines extensive coverage of relevant theoretical formulations and research findings with detailed guidelines for implementing good beginnings and numerous illustrative case excerpts. This is one of those rare books that will be appreciated by psychotherapy researchers and practitioners alike and valued by psychotherapists at all levels of experience. Weiner, Ph.
The field needs Dr. Peebles' book to help us navigate the ambiguities of psychotherapy, guide us to listen before choosing the evidence-based intervention, and listen more to evaluate our choices. I like best the way she discusses the often abstract concept of boundaries; she gets right to the point of how to set healthy boundaries, be empathic, and stay connected and on course in the midst of often intense emotional struggles.
Neuhaus, Ph. I know of no other book that offers so clear a window into the thought processes of a master clinician. With this new edition, Peebles transcends mere wisdom and achieves poetry.
Peebles' mastery of the craft is abundantly evident throughout her book; she offers readers a plethora of plans, guides, and tools, generously illustrated with clinical examples and vignettes…Therapists at all levels of experience have much to learn from the work of this master, but I wish especially that beginning therapists, who are liable to be assaulted with the injunction to practice narrowly focused, evidence-based treatments, would read this book for a glimpse of the broad vista and to appreciate the staggering array of options for interventions open to the therapist at every turn of the journey.
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Strengths and Resilience. They offer this work as a beginning for understanding and developing this approach to psychotherapy. Very helpful for the reader of this well researched and referenced book is its extensive bibliography and good index. The authors also provide much background material to context what they are doing in this book. Sometimes they provide lengthy but clear material.
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At other times they provide just a brief passage sufficient for the needs of the book but with in-text references for further research by the interested reader. Their format is also helpful as they provide in bold print the topic of each separate section, lengthy or brief, which allows the reader to see easily the larger structure of the book as well as to return to particular passages later.
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Finally, although I am a clinical ethicist with some chaplaincy training and not a psychotherapist, I found this book extremely enlightening, accessible, and thought provoking. My experience thus suggests that there is a wider audience for this excellent work than its most obvious audience, the psychotherapist.
Linda A. Rankin , Ph. We feature over in-depth reviews of a wide range of books and DVDs written by our reviewers from many backgrounds and perspectives. We update our front page weekly and add more than twenty new reviews each month. Our editor is Christian Perring, PhD.niggkowscroscealins.cf
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