Therapy Demystified: An Insider's Guide to Getting the Right Help, Without Going Broke

Therapy Demystified: An Insider's Guide to Getting the Right Help, Without Going Broke

by Kate Scharff


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From an experienced clinician passionate about opening up therapy to everyone-an all-in-one, no-nonsense guide to the complex world of mental health. Therapy practiced well by the right professional is an effective way to sort out a wide range of troubles, but how do you know if it's right for you? In Therapy Demystified, Kate Scharff, an experienced clinical social worker and psychotherapist, decodes and destigmatizes psychotherapy for everyone who's ever considered it, proving that good, affordable help is available to those who want it. Among the key questions Scharff answers are: How do I know if I should see a therapist? What are the different kinds of therapy, and why should I care? Where can I find a therapist that I can afford? What should I expect (and ask) within the first few sessions? How can I tell if a therapist is right for me? How can I tell if therapy is working? Is there any truth to the bad things I've heard about therapy and therapists? What should I do if my child another other loved one needs therapy? Therapy Demystified empowers everyone to become an educated therapy consumer. If you've ever considered therapy but felt skeptical or confused, or if you are currently receiving therapy but aren't sure if you're getting the most out of it—this book is for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569244234
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Series: Demystified Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1To Go or Not to Go?1
1When to Get Help3
2The Top Ten Misguided Reasons for Avoiding Therapy12
Part 2The Lay of the Land27
3Important Theories29
4Types of Therapists40
5How Psychodynamic (or Insight-Oriented) Therapy Works58
Part 3Taking the Leap75
6Getting Ready to Shop77
8The Initial Consultation96
Part 4In Therapy111
9Ethics and Etiquette113
10Is This Working?133
11Child Therapy142
EpilogueBeyond Therapy (and Back Again)165
Professional Organizations168
Self-Help and Social Service Organizations169

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