The Death of Psychotherapy: From Freud to Alien Abductions

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - Psychology - 235 pages

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
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
17
Cathartic Therapies From Primal to est
41
Recovered Memory Therapy
63
Humanistic Psychotherapy
91
Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
113
Strategic Family Systems Therapy and Neurolinguistic Programming
139
Spiritual Therapy
159
From Buddha Psychotherapy to Alien Abductions
181
The Death of Psychotherapy Conclusions
201
Selected Bibliography
223
Index
225
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Page 1 - Psychotherapy within the meaning of this chapter means the use of psychological methods in a professional relationship to assist a person or persons to acquire greater human effectiveness or to modify feelings, conditions, attitudes and behavior which are emotionally, intellectually, or socially ineffectual or maladjustive. As used in this chapter, "fee...

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DONALD A. EISNER is a licensed psychologist and a practicing attorney in Encino, California.

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