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Description - A User's Guide to Therapy by Tamara L. Kaiser

This book is for clients-and for clinicians to recommend to their clients-who want to enhance the process of psychotherapy and get the most out of a therapeutic relationship. Kaiser writes in a friendly, accessible tone, and explains what exactly therapy is and how it works, including the beginning, middle, and ending stages of the therapy process. She elaborates on the dynamics of the relationship between therapist and client, including such issues as power, boundaries, trust, and termination, and describes the four common factors of change: the client, the therapeutic relationship, hope, and technique. Furthermore, she explains the basic aspects of brain development and how psychotherapy physically changes the brain. This book familiarizes potential clients with four major therapeutic approaches-psychodynamic, developmental, cognitive- behavioral, and humanistic-and explains the characteristics of individual, family, and group therapy. Through case studies, Kaiser reveals the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship, including the experience of being deeply understood by and coming to trust a therapist. Kaiser offers much food for thought, as well as compassion, wisdom, encouragement, and practical suggestions for those who choose to take this fascinating and fruitful journey.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780393705348
ISBN-10: 039370534X
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Tamara L. Kaiser

Tamara L. Kaiser, MSW, PhD, LICSW, has been a clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist for 35 years. She is also an Associate Professor at the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she teaches graduate courses in psychotherapy and is co-founder and co-director of the school's Supervision Institute. Kaiser is the author of Supervisory Relationships: Exploring the Human Element.