The Death of Psychotherapy: From Freud to Alien Abductions

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2000 - Psychology - 235 pages
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Psychologist-attorney Eisner puts psychotherapy on trial by critically examining its effectiveness through the lens of the scientific method. From psychoanalysis to cognitive-behavior therapy as well as the 500 or so other psychotherapies, there is not a single experimental study that supports the effectiveness of psychotherapy over a placebo or religious healing. Using both case examples and clinical research, this book challenges the conclusion that there is empirical support for the notion that psychotherapy is effective.

  

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Contents

Science and Fiction in Psychotherapy
1
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
21
Cathartic Therapies From Primal to est
45
Recovered Memory Therapy
67
Humanistic Psychotherapy
95
Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
117
Strategic Family Systems Therapy and Neurolinguistic Programming
143
Spiritual Therapy
163
From Buddha Psychotherapy to Alien Abductions
185
The Death of Psychotherapy Conclusions
205
Selected Bibliography
227
Index
229
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DONALD A. EISNER is a licensed psychologist and a practicing attorney in Encino, California.

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