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THERAPISTS WILL DISAGREE WITH THESE WORDS

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


Like the rest of today's society, therapists are a diverse group with quite different ideas about almost any topic you might raise. Several of my colleagues heard the title of this book and responded from a framework of, "Such a book will take clients away from me." Instead, this book could well propel people into getting help because they read that a particular feeling or emotion or set of unhappy ideas can be changed! If they can't change by self-help methods, they will seek out professional help. This might translate to more clients for therapists, not less, because more than 90% of the population is not currently in therapy. For most of those in treatment, a self-help book such as this one is most unlikely to end therapy because they do need help from a therapist. But it could encourage them to negotiate a shift in therapy emphasis to areas that might have been overlooked. Good!


Families in therapy together? Yes, often the most effective treatment for some or all family members is family therapy.

Colleagues will disagree with much of what has been written in this book. The "thinking" ideas in Chapter 8 will tend to be wholly accepted only by those strongly involved with "thinking" therapies such as Rational-Emotive, Option, and Cognitive-Behavioral. Many of those "thinking" ideas will be rejected (at times scornfully) by therapists with other approaches. Similarly, many "emotional" ideas in Chapters 9 & 10 will be rejected by therapists with different views. Many of the spiritual ideas in Chapter 11 will likely be rejected by most therapists except transpersonal therapists. All these therapist disagreements confuse consumers in their searches for therapists.

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   DON'T GIVE ALL YOUR PERSONAL POWER TO A THERAPIST
   THERAPISTS WILL DISAGREE WITH THESE WORDS
   FINDING A THERAPIST - SETTING THERAPY GOALS
   LIFE IS LUMPY
   CHANGES, SELF-GROWTH AND THERAPY DON'T ALWAYS TICKLE
   VENTILATION IS NOT ENOUGH
   SUFFERING SMARTER IS DUMB
   EACH THERAPY HAS ITS OWN LIMITS
   ALL PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THE SAME MOTIVATIONS
   FEELINGS
   THERAPISTS IN THERAPY
   LEMON THERAPISTS
   OUR SOCIETY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK
   MISSING FROM THIS BOOK
   YOUR PERFECT THERAPY


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